Neal Pollard I’m not sure where the phrase, “handle with care,” originated. It’s usually reserved for advice regarding that which is fragile or even volatile. It really is applicable to those who visit our assemblies because of their value and importance. They came through the doors of our church building intentionally and with a purpose. … Continue reading VISITORS—HANDLE WITH CARE!
By: A blessed fish Let me tell you about the greatest fisherman I have ever known. He has always found success at his favorite fishing hole. A special place where the inlet was fruitful, and many fish loved to be caught. His technique is simple. A welcoming lure. A handshake, a hug and a smile. … Continue reading A GREAT FISHERMAN
Neal Pollard While we must be concerned with doing what we do in worship according to Christ's expressed will, we must also be sure to reflect His love to strangers, newcomers, outsiders, and otherwise unfamiliar faces. It offends my sensitivities anytime I hear anyone complain that a church I love so much seems cold and … Continue reading Are We A Friendly Congregation?
Neal Pollard Gary Hampton tells the story of his first missionary trip, which he made in the 1980s—shortly after the “Jonestown Tragedy” and during a time of great national instability. He recalls soldiers lining both sides of the runway, armed to the teeth, and having his bags checked thoroughly by those whose friendliness was not … Continue reading On The Other Side Of Security
Neal Pollard I am exasperated at how unfriendly the people at church are. They never speak to me. When they do speak, I feel as though I am simply being tolerated. I do not feel a part of their "crowd." It is so unfair! Yet, I have the answers for me and any other poor … Continue reading How To Make Others Friendlier
Neal Pollard While we would be tempted to ask this of ourselves, that's really not a very honest reflection or indication of a true answer. But, thankfully, there are several whom we can ask. Don't miss the importance of their candor. Their answers are really the only ones that matter. Ask the parents of the … Continue reading Is This A Friendly Church?