Post Sunday

Wow, what a weekend! It was really busy, but worth it. If you missed the Experience Life session, then make sure you make it to the next one. It was a great night, a great experience, and great information.

Some highlights from last night:

  • Stickers can be lots of fun!
  • We will not compromise our vision.
  • We will be about a few good things, not a lot of mediocre things.
  • The things we do will be about reaching the biggest unchurched demographic in our area at all costs.
  • Give my daughter some free time, and you never know what may happen!
  • Getting lots of information can still be entertaining.
  • People are out there with talent who are just waiting for the vision to be cast.
  • We will be creative so that we can reach the heart.
  • We are not perfect and we still have a lot to learn. We will never be afraid to rethink our strategy while never changing our core beliefs and values.

If you were there, let me know what you think. What insights hit you last night? If you weren’t, ask any question and we can discuss it.

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I had a crazy experience last night at a local Pizza Hut. We were picking up an order, and every single person in front of me had something that was done wrong or they were overcharged. One person was even told that their pizzas had been given to the wrong person, and they would have to wait again. It took them five minutes to find my order, but they did eventually find it.

The entire time, the “manager” did not take control; in fact he and the checkout girl complained loudly about the other customers who had left, and how none of it was their fault. Now I’m not picking on Pizza Hut. This is the same more and more to me at every place considered fast food. I feel like I’m treated nowadays like I don’t need good service since I’m not paying much for the food.

  • This whole problem could have been fixed by a leader who did what needed to be done. Leadership is important!
  • Are we tempted sometimes in our ministry to think a problem “isn’t that big a deal?” Or maybe we blame someone else instead of taking ownership of the problem. How often do we turn people off because we aren’t willing to give our ministry high value?
  • These employees didn’t see the value of experience, even at a fast food place. I eat less and less fast food now because it’s just unpleasant.
  • Experience is extremely important. People will not come back if the experience is unpleasant.
  • I may be pointing out the obvious, but we want people to come back.
  • Do we ever make our ministry about us instead of the people we should be serving? The church is not about the insiders, it should be about the “outsiders.”