Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!
This post title is what you would call “hyperbole.” When guests show up on the weekend, there’s no need to tie them to a chair, flip on a spotlight, and play good cop / bad cop. And yet, it’s important to ask guests good questions. In his book Deep Church, author Jim Belcher recounts an experience he had while visiting Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, CA. He writes:
“I grabbed a seat close to the front but off to the side…and a young woman named Laura greeted me. She was the fifth person to greet me in the thirty minutes I had been on their campus. This is unusual for most churches. And even more shocking, she didn’t just greet me but actually asked me questions. This takes depth. I realized that they take outreach seriously. They are aware of the stranger in their midst.”
I found it fascinating that this was such a novel experience. But the author has a point: we’ve probably lost the art of asking good questions. How do we reclaim it?