What's the biggest challenge facing churches today? Postmodernism? Government intrusion? Bad theology? For some local churches around the world, the threats aren't that grandiose.
|Church||Trinity Episcopal Church by the Sea (open-air)
|St. Peter's Church
South Croydon, Surrey, U.K.
|Kialla West Uniting Church Rural Shepparton,
|New Life Church and others
Dartmouth, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Challenge||As many as 200 wild chickens||Local drunks asking for quieter bells||Thieves who stole church's only outhouse||A pro-marijuana rally concurrent with a gathering of churches at the same city park|
|Quote||Pastor Morley Frech:
"I don't know if they have their own worship services at night or what it is, but they make quite a mess."
|Verger Geoffrey Hall:
"I said if they didn't like the sound of bells, they could go somewhere else."
|Pastor Ossie Kadel:
"There could be a real stink over this . …One of the gifts of the Spirit is self-control—otherwise there's a few trees out the back."
|Pastor George Campbell:
"As long as the wind is blowing … away from us, it will be all right. [Our concession stand] could make a fortune once they get the munchies."
Sources: Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Sunday Mirror, Herald Sun, The Daily News
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Articles referenced above include:
Congregating chickens are devout about Maui church—Honolulu Star (June 23, 2002)
We'll have small bells—Sunday Mirror
Pot smokers to share venue with Christians—Daily News (June 23, 2002)
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