Tonight at 'thing in a pub' our speaker was the Chief Constable of Leicestershire, who is an incredibly entertaining and engaging speaker as well as being a very committed Christian. We'd worked quite hard to advertise the event - including paying over £50 for a press advert - and attracted just two people who'd seen the advert and came because it was an opportunity to speak to the Chief Constable about something that was important to them. At least they sat through his testimony first!
Whilst I'm glad that these folk came along - and I guess being cornered is an occupational hazard for this particular speaker - I was disappointed that the turn out overall was so low. Some would tell me it is because it's not what God wants (though they can't tell me what God actually does want instead) some blame the day, time or venue, indeed anything but their own apathy. Next month we have the local MP, and I guess we'll once more get a few folk who want to catch his ear.
Apart from physically dragging people in off the streets, I'm not sure what more we can do... answers on a postcard.
In the meantime at least I know that those who came along had an excellent evening, were entertained, inspired and challenged in fairly equal measure.