Les Sheridan, a seminarian doing fieldwork at Cross & Crown Lutheran Church, Atlanta, noticed employees in front of businesses waving signs to lure people into their stores.
Cross & Crown had been in a state of decline until two years ago when it embraced a renewed sense of mission and outreach, and Sheridan wanted to make the church more visible in the community.
On Saturdays, he stands on the busy road in front of the church with his sign, inviting motorists to worship.
It's too early to tell whether this has had significant results, but Sheridan is certain more people now know there is a church in their area that welcomes strangers.
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