A young man was walking by our church when I happened to be outside washing the bus. He asked, "Is this a christain church?" (Good reasons to have "Christian" and "Church" in your name, although the fact he was asking, I think suggested he thought it was) I said yes and he then asked to see a list of our doctrines. We have this available for when people ask this question. It's on the back of our vision statement. I brought one out to him, let him look over it and asked, "What kind of church are you looking for?" He said "Hold on, I'm not done....pause... This looks fine. When are your services?" He's been coming for two weeks already. Here is the a similair list to what I showed him.
Here's today's question(s)?
Does an "unsaved" person care what your doctrine is?
Does someone "de-churched" or "unchurched" or "burnt out on church" care what you believe?
I know people care, but is it possible they care more about what beliefs affect your life and not so much which ones you put on paper?
What about "doctrines" like gender treatment and creation care, that seem to be largely absent from the above mentioned list? Are these merely divise issues or do people want to see "your side" on paper somewhere?
If you were writing a "WE BELIEVE:" for a hypothetical church, what would you include or leave out?