Monday is coming: Reimagine what you do. Sunday never has to be boring, superficial, irrelevant, exclusive or disconnected.
You have to imagine someone's Monday before you can reimagine what happens on Sunday.
It's easy for us to drift into the kind of church that answers questions nobody is asking.
If you are just thinking about Sunday, you will...
Think about one hour
Measure success by who shows up
Recruit enough volunteers for every room
Make decision on who is coming
Say what matters to you
Challenge leaders to promote weekend programs
But if you are thinking about Monday, you will...
Think about what happens during the rest of the week
Measure by how many shows back up
Recruit a consistent leader for every kid
Make changes to reach who isn't coming
Say what matters to kids and teenagers
Challenge leaders to champion weekly values
The truth matters, when love matters.
The truth matters, when kids know they matter to you.
Speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4:15
It's hard to speak the truth in love if you don't really know who you are speaking to.
It's not your job to fix anyone, it's your job to love them.
It's easier to speak truth than it is to love someone.
It's easier to correct what's wrong than to cultivate a heart.
It's hard to speak the truth in love, if you don't really understand someone's Monday.
Empathy is the ability to press pause on your own thoughts and feelings long enough to explore someone else's thoughts and feelings.
Empathy doesn't change the truth. It enhances the truth. Not having empathy waters down the truth.
Reimagine how to live with your door wide open.