We recently did a landscaping project at our house. I was very familiar with our current yard and I had a decent understanding of what we wanted out of the finished project. So, I was shocked to return home a few hours into the project and see our lawn completely unrecognizable. Red clay was scattered as far as I could see, pipes were strewn throughout the yard, and there were enough diggers and dirt to entertain my four-year-olds all day. I was instantly wondering to myself: Is this what we signed up for? Who are these guys Wes hired? Can they be trusted? Is this going to bring the results we intended?
As a Sunday Civilian, I have been on a lot church campuses in Charlotte recently, and most of those churches are “welcoming” in the sense that someone greets you, helps you if you look lost, hands you a bulletin with a smile, shakes your hand if there is a passing of the peace, and pats you on the back as you head to your car until next Sunday.
I was talking with someone who had been through the church shopping process, and he sheepishly admitted that his family wanted to find a community where the pastor’s preaching could relate scripture to their lives and if they saw people around them they could potentially connect with. Read more
“In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:15
Recently, one of our Trailblazers shared that in her sales experience she was trained with the mantra to have “two exposures per day.” As I mulled over that, I began to wonder what that would look like if we looked for a similar ratio in our faith life…tithed of course: ”Two exposures per week.”