Everyone arrives at church under the same circumstances. Everyone – our guests, our volunteer teams, our staff.
Someone couldn’t find their socks. Traffic was heavy. They left late. They forgot something and had to go back. The kids were fighting. You were fighting. Someone didn’t feel like going today. You overslept. You were up too late the night before. You couldn’t decide what to wear. There’s a long lists of possibilities.
Everyone experiences this … the pastor, the volunteers, you. We arrive at church easily distracted. Rushed. Mind everywhere but here. Right here – right now.
But providing excellent guest service requires being present in the moment, from moment to moment.
Not our own moment. But someone else’s moment. And the next moment, and the next person, and the next…
Here are some quick thoughts to help you stay engaged:
- Sleep. The night before.
- Awake with some extra time – to eat, to focus, to reflect on why you’re going where you’re going.
- Go early. You never know what’s ahead of you on the road.
- Meet with friends, your team well before you need to be where you’re going to need to be. Debrief. Decompress. Pray. Get focused. Keep praying.
- Practice presence with Jesus. Read body language.
- Connect with the eyes – yours with theirs.
- Ask questions. Enter into another person’s world, if only for a moment.
- As your mind drifts back into your day, or forward into your day, stop. Set it aside. Come back to the moment.
- Engage people as Jesus would… as though they were Jesus.
Be in the moment.
It’s All Because Of Jesus!