Because I am the type of guy that likes to save money I usually go with the cheapest airline ticket that I can find, which means I have taken many different airlines. Some experiences have been good, some have been bad, but none of them have ever been quite like what I experienced when I flew Emirates Airlines. My wife and I had heard rumors that Emirates was an amazing airline with some of the best food but we had never had the opportunity to experience them first hand until our vacation last year.
Emirates went above and beyond any expectations that we had and made us feel like they were actually there to serve us. We have never flown first class, but this felt like first class compared to any other flying experience we had in the past. We found our seats, got settled in and they were offering us juice and water. If you know me, then you know that I immediately asked, "Is this free or included in the price of my ticket?" They then gave our son, who was on an infant ticket, a backpack to keep that was full of games, a blanket, and a stuffed animal. We were all set for a fifteen hour flight, which had three meals and snacks. Each meal a menu was given out with three different dishes to choose from, we felt like we were at a restaurant every time there was a meal served.
I could go on and on about all of the helpful and convenient things that Emirates did that other airlines do not, but I will spare you the details and just encourage you to fly with them if you have the opportunity. The reason that I mention Emirates to you is because our churches should be the same way but often are not.
We should go above and beyond the expectations of our visitors. As the body of Christ we should wow those outside the church in how we function as a body. As first impressions Guru Danny Franks says, "We should answer the question they're not asking."
What are some areas where you have seen a church go above and beyond what you expected as a visitor or an outsider? Share below.