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Altaring course: Unhappy restaurant workers at heart of church’s campaign

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee pastor has created a website where restaurant servers are encouraged to sound off about waiting on church crowds.

Preaching Christ Church in Kingsport’s “Sundays are the Worst” campaign will run through Easter Sunday.

Lead Pastor Chad Roberts said he and a couple of staff members got the idea after hearing complaints about rude church crowds that didn’t tip well.

“We were sitting in a Buffalo Wild Wings saying, What could we do for the serving community to show them that the church cares about them and that we’re not judgmental? What if there was a website where servers could just sound off, they could just vent, and then the church could say, it’s OK, we get it, we understand?” he said.

He said identifying information, including names of servers, customers or restaurants will be removed from any posts. Servers who contribute their stories at sundaysaretheworst.com will get written apologies emailed to them.

Roberts said he hopes the efforts will help church-goers consider their attitudes while they are out to eat.

“It’s a way for our church to tell the serving community that we’re sorry for what you have to go through on Sundays and that we really do appreciate you and what you do for our community,” he said.

Depending on how this effort goes, Roberts said the church may launch another round of the campaign or expand it to include workers at other retail establishments that are open on Sundays.

“The church does so many things that are counterproductive to our message,” he said. “So we try to be intentional, we try to be strategic, we try to think through everything we do: Does this advance the cause of Christ? Does it advance the Gospel, and does it help people? We want it to be practical.”

 

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