#Feast4Jesus: Should Churches Have McDonald’s?
A Christian group in New Jersey is raising funds to purchase a McDonald’s franchise in order to increase their membership and stabilize church finances. Appropriately named the McMass Project, the mission of the group is to “revitalise churches as centres for conversation and cultural engagement.” In order to meet their $1,000,000 goal to build a McDonald’s in their church, the McMass group listed the facts as to why golden arches are needed in the house of the Lord.
According to their website, the McMass group claims three million people leave their church home yearly. Over the course of three years, that means there is a net loss of nine million people who no longer participate in church services. Because of this, 10,000 churches have closed down. The McMass group declares it is time for churches to “pray different and create McDonald churches because McDonald’s serves on average 70 million people each day and through their charity Ronald McDonald House. Their Indiegogo fund page states:
“By combining a church and a McDonald’s we can create a self-sustaining, community-engaged, popular church, and an unparalleled McDonald’s restaurant.We need your help: your contribution will help us get the McMass Program off the ground and save a church community in need.
A McDonald’s will require one million dollars to establish. These funds go primarily towards purchasing a franchise, with twenty percent devoted to construction, and establishing the necessary infrastructure within and around the church. We are currently searching for a suitable partner church to work with. If our fundraising is successful, we will be able to present a complete plan and begin implementation.”
In an interview with NBC, Paul Di Lucca, a co-founder of McMass, shared, “Christianity is unable to capture modern audiences.” Because of this, McMass believes by partnering with the McDonald’s, their customers would drive up the traffic of church memebership. Di Lucca knows their idea is insane but he feels the church needs to become more innovative about how they recruit church members. They’ve only raised $242 so far, but there are 47 days left to the campaign.
Check out McMass’ funding video, below.