Friday, February 27, 2009


Seminars, lectureships, workshops, books, DVDs, CDs, and Webinars avail to give us a most valuable boost to leadership growth. Prayer, faith, perseverance, and endurance mark strengths of individuals and congregations. Breakthroughs and successes build kingdom contagion.

One thing that I believe will transform every congregation in one Sunday is everyone greet everyone they encounter; friend or foe, neighbor or stranger. We still can't get our members to speak to all of the members. This is not only too simple, it is the fabric of church revolution.

I would like to think that if you visit Memorial everyone will greet you, but it won't happen. The eyes of fifty year Christians will see some of you and dart away as if you are invisible. The power of greeting not your brothers only fits perfectly in His plea for us to become complete as our heavenly Father is complete.

We aren't in desperate need of funds or vision or mission statements. We are in dire need of all who regard themselves as faithful to first lay down the sword of every doctrinal debate and simply act like we are glad to see every visitor (as well as each other) God sends to our assemblies.

When we weigh obedience to the Great Commission how can we have much momentum for all the world when so many can't make it to the foyer to greet people just like us? All the world comes to us before we ever think about going. It is immensely important to see the people...and say some profound thing like Good morning. Thank you for being here today.

If everyone spoke to everyone it would bring revival to every heart....including ours!


David Kirk said...

Good thoughts. I appreciate you!

Lee Wills said...

Amen and amen Terry. If only we could see, believe, and practice this one little thing! Oh, what a 'kingdom' difference it would make. Maybe we would begin 'turning the world upside down', too. Love ya, brother.

Anonymous said...

Amen! I'm church hunting and the friendliness of church members is something that I weigh heavily. I visited a church Sunday and two people spoke to me, including the greeter.

~Seeking in Arlington TX.

J.D. said...

I know this is an older post, but I just thought I'd add for anyone like me who is just catching up with this blog..

I think that one of the reasons that people/churches aren't friendly is because they are AFRAID of new members. I've been in churches who were so scared that someone new would come in and bring their "false doctrines"... so scared that they decided they would be happy with no growth and just keep what was.