It’s May – when excitement wanes.
So recently, I’ve started thinking about an incredibly revealing phrase that I occasionally overhear. At first glance, you might think that this phrase would strike panic and fear into the soul of every church leader; that this single statement would bring a Pastor to his knees. (if he’s not already there)
Fortunately, I believe this phrase gives more cause for celebration than panic. In my mind, this statement is pregnant with promise. It’s a phrase that pays!
Enough build up? Okay, here’s that dreaded statement…brace yourself:
When I first started coming to church, I was emotional in almost every service. I really felt as if God was moving in my heart, but, lately, I’m just not feeling it. Maybe I need to find another church.
Isn’t that an amazing statement? These are moments that we pray for God to provide. This statement single-handedly communicates to us that a catalyst moment has arrived.
Confused? Well, analyze the statement for a second.
Here’s what I hear:
“When I first came to One Life, the Sunday morning service was enough for me; it moved me. But I have grown since then, and now I want more. I’m bored with the status quo. Can you help me take the next step spiritually?”
Sometimes this phrase even disguises itself as, “I just not being fed here. I guess I’ll go where I can be fed.”
Why is this a phrase that pays? Simple. These statements clearly indicate when someone is ready to take the next step spiritually and begin leading or serving. Nailed it!
Typically, a discontented person is not involved in a life group. This phrase indicates that it’s time to take the next spiritual step and join one. Maybe they’re in a life group but still need more, the phrase may indicate it’s time to lead. Maybe the life group has grown stale, well, it’s time to birth.
We have NEVER claimed, at One Life Church, that Sunday morning service is enough. So, when we finally hear the phrase that pays, we celebrate the door to next steps.
What do you do when your excitement wanes?