Throw It Out There Thursdays!!

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This is a first on the blog.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen – for the beloved faithful who take time to read this particular pastor’s thoughts – you will recognize by the title that this is new.

The purpose of the blog – as the title suggests – is to use social media as a small means of intentionally pastoring the incredible FBC El Dorado.

Every Monday I try to answer a ‘pastoral-type’ question I have been asked I think others might be interested in reading (‘Now THAT’s a Good Question!‘).

Tuesdays – Nada.

On Hump Day (what day is it?) I meditate on a Proverb that coincides with that particular date on the calendar (‘Wisdom for Your Wednesdays‘).

Thursdays (before today!) – Nada.

And Fridays I let others do the writing for me – I link some articles of interest that I think might add value to your life (‘Five @ Free Flow Fridays!‘).

Just about every week there is something I want to throw out there to the FBC El Dorado faithful to inform them of things that are going on; or things they might need to be aware of; or things that will help them prepare for the weekend; or really just anything I think FBCers might need to know about church related stuff.

The best way I can think of – at this point – to communicate these random things ‘en masse’ is here on the blog. My hope is that the FBC peeps who currently get the blog would read the things I ‘throw out there’ on Thursdays and spread it to other FBC peeps (tell them how to sign up for this thing via email so it goes straight to their inbox). Since this is particularly for FBCers, the more who know these things, the better.

The first thing I want to Throw Out There on this Thursday is the number 41.

40 + 1.

50 – 9.

123 divided by 3.

Yep. 41.

That’s how many guest cards were turned in this past Sunday morning.

Some were out of towners.

Some were repeats (they have been visiting for a long while but are still not members).

One or two were children.

But a whole bunch of cards were first timers and second timers who didn’t fill out a card the first time they came.

Usually, on a good Sunday, 15-20 cards are turned in. This week? 41.

Why am I ‘throwing it out there’?

Simply to encourage you to:

  • Intentionally meet some new people before and after the service.
  • Keep inviting new people. They’re coming!
  • Scoot in your pew and leave room for others to sit. (Translation: DON’T BE A PEW HOG!)
  • Set up times to meet some new people for coffee or lunch.
  • Follow up with a phone call, a note, or an email.
  • Park far away and walk so they can have a closer spot to the facilities.
  • Help someone you don’t recognize get to where they need to go. (Translation: See a young mom with 4 kids wrapped around her legs while she totes all their Bible’s? Offer to help her!)
  • Remember: this is about spreading the GOSPEL. A number of the cards turned in expressed no membership of any church anywhere. Just like us, they need Jesus. Let’s bend over backwards to help point them to Him.
  • Pray for God to speak to their hearts.
  • Bottom Line: Come intentionally – thinking, “How can I help someone else’s experience here today be ideal?”

Alright – I just ‘threw it out there.’

Now, what will you do with it?

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29 thoughts on “Throw It Out There Thursdays!!

  1. Rodney Wimberly says:

    Have you gone nuts? You are asking Christians to act like Christians.

  2. DMc says:

    Awesome! …..on both

  3. Tommie says:

    Rodney’s comment nailed it!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I’m going to intentionally be intentional!

  5. A Faithful Reader says:

    Thank goodness Sunday I spoke to a young man I did not know, sitting beside me, after we moved in to allow more room for others. WHEW! We got two points.

    We are always afraid we are sitting in someone’s marked place and have been removed twice in our church. People used to buy their pews in Philadelphia; I don’t think we do that do we?

    People come to hear our new preacher, but we can smile and make them glad they came.

    • I don’t know anything about buying pews in Philadelphia. Wherever they are from, however, they are ‘scootable’! 🙂 Thanks for talking to guests and making them feel welcome. Keep it up! Two points!

  6. Sarah says:

    Yes!! Will do. All of it.

  7. Becky Isbell says:

    We like to sit in different places in church so that we CAN meet both newcomers and members of our church. Last Sunday, we ended up on the last row where there was room for two of us, but the older couple sitting in the middle of the pew did not want to move over. They were obviously in their long-time PEW! They remained very aloof and left without saying anything to us. Hope they weren’t members, but I think their names were invisibly etched somewhere on the seats.
    This has happened several times; was I told some people have actually inherited their family pew at FBC! We are loyal members, so they can’t make us go away!
    Gotta love them anyway!
    Becky

  8. cindysl says:

    There were a TON of baby “visitors” too – read YOUNG FAMILES/FUTURE OF THE CHURCH – they were all coming in as we let out of SS so I ended up walking kids to “big church” then heading back over to help. Would I rather have gotten “fed” and worshiped with my family? Yes! I knew help was needed though so I went!
    I would ask those who are able – please talk to Mark Sandy about helping with children’s church once a quarter or speak with Mary Pat Cook Anthony about helping with nursery duty during the service. You may never know how your act of service will bless others! You won’t be asked to do it alone. You won’t be asked to do it every Sunday, but we need people to step up and welcome these young families and that means making sure little Suzy is happy when they walk back across the street after service to pick her up! Just my 2 cents….

    • Amen, Amen, and Amen Cindy!!!! Thanks so much for sharing this. This is HUGE and a big reason why young families are coming – THEY KNOW THEIR CHILD/CHILDREN WILL BE WELL TAKEN CARE OF! For this to continue – along with growth – we need more servants of Christ to help! Thanks for posting. Everybody now – read what Cindy said and then do what she suggests! 🙂

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