Get Thee to Starbucks

There’s a Starbucks between my daughter’s school and my church, and this week I decided to spend an hour there each morning writing my blog posts and doing some reading before proceeding to the office. Today I’m at another Starbucks waiting for my car to be serviced down the street.

Five consecutive mornings at Starbucks produced four really great conversations with people from the church who just happened to be there at the same time.

I know it’s a corporate behemoth. I know the coffee isn’t great. But for a network of spaces in North America where people spend time in a conversational frame of mind, can Starbucks be beat?

How is Starbucks not a net asset for people working to build community?
The 25 year old me would cringe to hear it, but Starbucks is an important community gathering space that people in ministry avoid and scorn at a loss to the people who are already there.