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Punctuality as Hospitality

By Paul Wilkinson Keep in mind, as you read this, that we advertise our groups as starting at 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m. If we are to be serious about hospitality and outreach, then we must be present in order to receive, love, and engage guests. I was reading an article about the importance of punctuality. The author listed numerous reasons why being punctual is important: Being punctual strengthens and reveals your integrity. (Think of time commitments as promises made.) … Continue reading

Culture Change through Micro-shifts

By Paul Wilkinson Daniel Im has recently published a book entitled No Silver Bullets. His major point is that there does not exist a “singular fix” for ministry woes, whether they be spiritual growth problems, discipleship problems, etc. So instead of wasting our time looking for the silver bullet that will remedy ailing ministry, we ought to be instituting micro-shifts that will change the culture little by little. Im’s 5 micro-shifts are: From destination to direction the idea is that … Continue reading

Hospitality as Outreach

By Paul Wilkinson Michael C. Mack challenges general understandings of hospitality as mere caregiver, instead arguing for a radical outreach paradigm in search of strangers to love through our caregiving. So, not only will increased hospitality in your groups, generally understood, provide a place for visitors to stick due to warmness, invitation, and geniality, but teaching Mack’s model of biblically informed hospitality can empower and compel your group members to seek the lost and searching in their sphere of influence. … Continue reading