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5 Things Churches Can Learn From Baseball Parks

Last week I took my three year old daughter Maria to her first baseball game. It rained. Well, like they say in Bull Durham, "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains." While the hour long delay wore on my nerves, Maria could not have cared less. She had a hotdog, crackerjack, and ice cream. And in truth, it wasn't so bad for me either. Looking around Nationals Park, I asked myself, “What are the elements of this setting that make it welcoming, engaging, and enjoyable, even in a downpour?” It did stop raining, and we enjoyed a few innings. Coming out of the experience, I am now pleased to offer five things that the church can learn from a ball park.

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