When Excitement Wanes

Featured / Leadership / The Church / May 19, 2015

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?

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Dave Milam
Dave Milam is a pastor, communicator and the founder of One Life Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a a gifted communicator Dave's right brained style of delivery helps his listener connect and remember God's truth in a uniquely visual way. Connect with Dave on Google+

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on October 31, 2007

Boy you nailed that one…I wasn’t sure where you were going at first but that’s exactly what’s happening and we’re so anxious to “blame” it on someone or something else and now “own” it ourselves.

on November 1, 2007

nice CATALYST plug there, my friend. smooth milam, that’s what they call him down here. (HA, HA)

on November 3, 2007

Yea I love it when that happens in youth group, except it happens from parent angles and it sounds like this,

Can my son or daughter be moved to a different small group, they need to go deeper.

My son or daughter is very spiritually mature (in 6th grade?) your not cutting it for them

the tree picture is sweet looking…

on May 22, 2015

Great post Dave.

on May 22, 2015

Pray more, read the Bible more, reach out and connect with others…along the way you will find renewed excitement in Worship. Good writing Dave.

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