It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the bold print to read the entire article.)
Seven Things Church Members Should Say To Guests In A Worship Service. (via @ThomRainer) Practical. Helpful. What would you add?
1. “Thank you for being here.” It’s just that basic. I have heard from numerous church guests who returned because they were simply told “thank you.”
2. “Let me help you with that.” If you see someone struggling with umbrellas, young children, diaper bags, purses, and other items, a gesture to hold something for them is a huge positive. Of course, this comment is appropriate for member to member as well.
A Rock-Solid Approach to Being Memorable. (via @Enthused) I’m a huge fan of Made to Stick, so I’m glad to see it getting a recap on Steve’s blog. When it comes to training, announcements, vision casting, whatever: how do you get your information to stick?
While in middle school, he had an altercation with another boy on the way home from school. At first they had only exchanged words from a distance, but then Chris picked up a small, triangular shaped rock and threw it in the direction of the boy, striking him right between the eyes and sending him running home crying.
Hours later, Chris’s father received a phone call from the boy’s parents explaining what had occurred and the fact that their son received several stitches above his nose and was continuing to apply ice to reduce the swelling around one eye. When his father hung up the phone, he confronted his son about the incident. Looking down in shame, Chris admitted to throwing the rock. With that, his father said, “Get your coat. We’re going for a drive.”