You may or may not know this, but when I started helping churches years ago I drove around in my truck preaching at churches and teaching a personal financial curriculum that I wrote. (No, I don’t do this anymore because Joe Sangl is 1000% better at it than I am. Use him!)
When I started, to be honest, everything was all about me. When I woke up in the morning I thought about how I could get churches to pay me something to do something for them. To be fair I wasn’t “all bad”, but I had been trained in a lot of ways to finesse people more than truly love them.
After 18 months of miserably trying to build a company, I met my #1 mentor and best friend, Billy Hornsby. Everything changed.
Billy taught me this principle: When you help others become successful, you are successful.
Before I started learning this way of life, I honestly believe I was ripping off the church. Not financially ripping them off, but relationally. You can be a relational ripoff! Here is how God is changing me…
-I used to want a paycheck, now I want a friendship
-I used to want a success story, now I want you to be a success
-I used to believe in myself, now I believe in people
-I used to try to build something great, now I try to be great through serving
-I used to have a packed calendar to make me feel important, now I have more free time for people
I am not saying I’ve got it figured out. I am just saying that God has me on a journey and he is showing me a whole new way.
I would like to speak to church vendors for one second… Hey guys, the church IS NOT a MARKET… the church is not a NICHE… the church is not a CLIENT…. the church is not an INDUSTRY… the church of Jesus Christ is a beautiful bride that we should be trying to help get ready for the big day! We don’t need to talk about other companies and bashing them. We don’t need to bombard churches constantly with sales emails all the time.
Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is better than great riches.”
Church leaders, I’m going to be honest… We have a goal to be at 500 solid relationships through our DONE-FOR-YOU membership system by December 31, 2011. We are getting close and I want the opportunity to show you a new way to be served and cared for. We want something FOR YOU, not FROM YOU! Join FREE today and we will serve you well! You can test membership out until Easter for free and decide if you’d like to be in relationship with us so we can serve you or not.
This isn’t my usual post, but I needed to say this!