GENEROSITY IS IRRESISTIBLE.
Generous people are fun to be around. And it's not for the reason that we may think; we don't enjoy our time with generous people because we like getting free stuff, or cutting in line, or getting to borrow the BMW. It's something much bigger than what we get from generous people.
Generous people are fun to be around because we love seeing people that are unchained from themselves.
Generosity undermines selfishness. It wipes out envy. And it forces out discontentment. Everything that steals from our joy... generosity destroys! And when we are around the people that root out those demons with intentional generosity, we can't help but love it. Because we all want a life that's marked by the same joy, perspective, and contentment.
So there's the opportunity we have in our circles of people: to create cultures of generosity in which it becomes normal to look beyond self and start seeing each other. Cultures in which care happens out of joy, not obligation. Cultures in which need finds its way into the past tense.
Luckily, it all can start with one person. One act. One domino that tips the whole set. Because generosity is not just irresistible. It's contagious!
stay where the conversation flows
Sometimes conversations are much different than we expect them to be... where we want to lean in, no one talks. What we think will be an open door to sharing... has no traction at all. Or, something that we expect to flop... spurs tons of sharing and conversation!
Going into a conversation, don't be tied to what you think will work, or even what you want to work. Yes, keep in mind that everyone needs some silence to think... but if it's not working, move on! And if you stumble onto a topic/question/idea that spurs conversation, sharing, stories, and questions... stay there! Great facilitators go where the people lead them!
QUICK ATTENDANCE REMINDER... REMINDERS!
First off, THANK YOU for doing such a great job recording attendance! It helps us SO much as a church; we are able to care for people well when we know where they are. Just a couple quick helpful reminders about the attendance reminders.
SEND EMAIL TO "LEADERSHIP ONLY"
Make sure to click "leadership only" at the end of the process! It helps me know who met and who didn't!
THE "DID NOT MEET" OPTION
Instead of not filling out the attendance when you don't meet for a week, go ahead and click "did not meet" on the first page! It's quick and easy, and shows up on our system reports as "filled out", which is helpful!
When you have a "visitor", it helps to add their name and contact info in the "people info" section! I can add them to your group, if they're going to be a regular, or just add them to the event in our system! It's all because the individuals are more important than the numbers to us!