Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Complainers

It's a good thing I work in the church. Everyone is always so happy and joyful and ready to praise God. We NEVER have any complainers and life is always wonderful.

Of course that is what it will be like one day but the reality is that everyone seems to have a say about politics, church, and fashion. And for some reason the first two never seem to get positive press.

This week I've had to deal with a few different complaints. Normally complaints in the church are petty or silly and they really irritate me. This week however it seems that all complaints were actually valid. So for those who are thinking about complaining about something in the church (or anywhere for that matter), here are a few pointers:

1) Always address the proper person. If you don't know who this is then address a few at once and don't be surprised to be transferred to someone else.
2) Always complain in person. NEVER via email or letter or text. And preferably not on the phone. If your complaint is valid, you should be able to say it to the person's face no matter how harsh.
3) Don't complain without offering to help make it better. If you tell me you don't like my blond hair - offer to color it. If you tell me the sound is bad at worship, offer to work in the sound booth. If you think I'm too short, I wear a size 7 in heels. If you complain that I'm female, offer to go to another church.


I could offer many more tips but it would probably sound like I'm complaining. As a rule of thumb, when there is conflict in the church, it is best to follow the advice in Matthew 18:15-20. (yes I'm going to make you look it up)

Until Everyone Hears,

Monday, February 16, 2009

Stinky Feet

Thanks to all of you who help me write my sermons on a regular basis (and you know who you are). This week I'm preaching on Micah 6:6-8 and what it means to walk with God. Here are a few questions I've pondered to get me started. Feel free to help me answer them or tell me a funny or touching story as it always helps me with sermon prep.

What are your favorite pair of shoes and why?
Are you a "shoe" person? If so, why?
Have you ever walked so much your feet hurt? If so when?
Do you prefer walking or running?
When walking in a crowd, what is your normal traffic pattern (go with the flow, follow the leader, weave, or something else)?
What is your pet peeve when walking in crowds?
Have you ever had a walking buddy? If so what did you like/dislike about it?
Have you ever used foot spray?
What is the first thing you think of when you hear/see "humble"?
Define humble/humility.
When have you been alone but felt the least lonely?
When have you felt the most lonely?

As you can tell, they get deeper as you go along. Well thanks for playing (or reading and hopefully writing).

Until Everyone Hears,

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