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Looking for Love in all the Right Places—Lore Ferguson
Lore is one of my favorite bloggers. Great piece from her here. Subscribe to her blog.
Look right at me, my pastor says in every sermon at least once. Look right at me.
Here is what I know about looking:
When I was young, rebellious and caustic, rolling my eyes at my parents at age 10 and sneering at them by age 15, they would say, “Look at me when I’m talking to you,” and I felt seen, exposed.
I knew I was already seen and exposed, but I felt it. I felt it when I saw their disappointment or disapproval or anger at me. When I saw it in their eyes. I felt that. I felt every weight and every sin and every bit of my flesh rolled up and held in their parental gaze. And I looked away. I could not hold that look for long, my sin was too great, their anger too heavy.
Seven Reasons Churches Are Too Busy—Thom Rainer
Helpful post from Dr. Rainer.
If local churches were humans, most of them would experience burnout. Many congregations are too busy to be effective. Many have a hodgepodge of seemingly unrelated activities.
As a consequence, there is no clear plan or process of discipleship in these churches. Members are often confused about what they should do and how active they should be in the disparate ministries and programs. And some members pull back their involvement altogether in a sense of frustration and often guilt.
So how did churches get so busy? How did their calendars fill up so quickly that it left no breathing room for members and staff? There seems to be seven major contributing factors.
“5 reasons” this, “14 ways” that, “23 times when”… It’s how millennials consume information today, mircomedia, and I have to say I am as guilty as the next guy. It’s a race to get to the point.
As marketers, we are rushing to get our point across too. We tell ourselves, “If we don’t get their attention, it doesn’t matter what the content is!” But when is the last time you personally changed your mind or did something new by engaging with one of these split second pieces of info?
The rush is great, but it has to lead to something more.
This video is AWESOME.