Friday, June 24, 2011

You get more flies with honey

Everyone likes a winner. When a home team wins a championship, fans come out of the woodwork but, during losing seasons, ticket sales drop. Yet, some organizations thrive on negativity. Not only is the glass half-empty, it dirty and chipped as well. No one wants to be a part of that team.

It is true that churches never have enough resources (financial, volunteer, real estate, etc.). It is equally true that there always enough resources to do God's work. Churches that have a positive, forward-looking attitude will attract those resources.

No one wants to give money to a sinking ship nor do they want to volunteer for a position when it's presented as, “If no one steps forward we will need to shut down our Wednesday night children's program.”

When seeking volunteers point out the positive. For example: “Each Wednesday night we minister to 10 children, teaching them about the love of Jesus. There is an opportunity for a couple of people to make a difference in the lives of these little ones and continue this valuable ministry.”

Stating that we are under-budget and can't pay the utilities is far less attractive than stating recent successes (baptisms, people fed, etc.) and asking for financial contributions to continue such endeavors.

Be proactively positive and get the word out about all the good things happening in your church. Let people know they are on a winning team. Show how we are on mission with God.

Be a source of encouragement and build goodwill among those that might have doubts. Negative people are often damaged and depressed. Do not reject or ridicule but share God's love instead. A heart that is truly warmed by Jesus will live in a world of hope, faith and possibilities. Bitterness is the realm of the Enemy.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)