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 big bold print to read the entire article.)
(via @bubba_greg) When was the last time you made one of these asks?
When you look back on any relationship, you can see markers that define the legs in the journey two people took together. Markers can be vacations took, crisis’ endured, houses lived in. One interesting way to mark the journey of a relationship might be the important questions asked that brought the relationship to new levels. For Michelle and I, these were the questions I asked that started and grew our relationship:
- Would you like to have dinner with me Saturday night?
- Would you come to church with me?
- Would you like to meet my parents?
- How do you feel about “us”?
- What do you think about staying in California?
- Will you marry me?
I also believe the questions we ask guests at our church have the power to take the relationship we are building between them and our church, and between them and God, to a deeper level. Here is a list of 8 questions to ask your guests, and great places to ask them:
(via @_paulalexander) If all of us just concentrated on these five things, I think we would see a new era in the way volunteers engage with the church.
If you’ve ever read anything I’ve written on developing effective volunteer teams at your church, you’ve probably heard me say that I’ve never met a church leader who said they have enough volunteers. In fact, the opposite is typically true. Having too few church volunteers is one of the most frequent complaints that I hear from church leaders. Most of the time, it’s not due to a lack of effort or trying. It’s usually due to taking the wrong approach with volunteerism in the church.
That being said, below are 5 things that the people who volunteer at your church expect from you. They may or may not say it, but they want it. And if they don’t get it, it will probably keep them from volunteering at your church.
(via @premiumfunny) I need one of those hot dog sidecars. This is how we will truly make America great again.
photo credit: Jason Mathis