Did While online, I read an interesting story that caught my attention. The White Oak Community Church in Sandston, Virginia, did not have a place to hold its Sunday worship meeting. It had been using the ballroom at a nearby Econo Lodge hotel. That space became unavailable to the church because of some building issues.
It so happened that one of the board members at the church works at a nearby Chick-fil-A restaurant. She contacted her supervisor there and asked about using the restaurant’s facility for Sunday worship. The management agreed. So that is where the congregation held its service earlier this month. This would be a temporary solution. As I looked on the church’s website today, I could not find an update. The home page had the following words: “White Oak Community Church is moving to new location soon (no longer at the Econolodge). Stay tuned for information!”
As we all know, Chick-fil-A stores are closed on Sundays. The store’s founder, Truett Cathy, believed “all franchised Chick-fil-A Operators and their Restaurant employees should have an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends, and worship if they choose to do so.”
Since Cathy’s death, the company has remained true to this commitment to be closed on Sundays, the day most Christian churches hold their main worship service. The company’s adherence to this commitment has not hurt business at all. It is a relatively small chain, in terms of its total number of restaurants. On the other hand, it is one of the most successful fast-food chains in America. In fact, according to QSR magazine, Chick-fil-A generates more revenue per restaurant than any other fast-food chain in America!
Did I mention that Chick-fil-A is one of my favorite fast-food restaurants? Its success story should serve as a good business model for current and aspiring Christian businessmen and women. In a business culture preoccupied with profits, we can hold true to our Christian values and still be a smashing success.
Finally, let us remember to pray for the White Oak Community Church to find a long-term ministry location, if it has not already done so.
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