Published: 3 years ago

Flashback Friday: Cruise Ship or Battleship?

Heads up to my SummitRDU friends: this weekend we’re making a big push for you to serve. Selflessly. Generously. Recklessly. We’re rolling in to a big fall season and we have multiple opportunities for you to get involved.

With that in mind, I’m dusting off an old post that talks a little about our philosophy of why we make “the ask” so often…

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind being pampered. I like ice in my tea, flavored creamer in my coffee, and bedsheets that smell like a field of flowers. But if you’ve been on a cruise, you know the culture is so you-centered that it’s almost overwhelming. “What can I get you, sir?” “Would you like another steak, sir?” “You’re looking far less green today, sir.”

And that you-centered culture begs the question: Are we creating the same environment in our churches? Are we inviting people to pull up a chair and let us pamper them until we hit the next port of call, where they’ll roll their full bellies off the ship in search of another entertainment venue?

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