Specifically, what I got with that exchange was wonderful insight into what the average apathetic churchgoer thinks about the church.
"So, our new Priest scheduled a congregational luncheon and assigned seats so we'd have to meet different people in the church. I don't know what he was thinking. That's not what a luncheon is for!"
"Umm, I think that's exactly what a luncheon is for."
"Well, it was just stupid. I mean, that stuff may fly in California (where the priest came from), but not here."
Of course. What was I thinking? What could community possibly have to do with the church?