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Feed: Wild Boar from the Forest Posted on: Thursday, February 11, 2010 10:14 AM Author: forestboar Subject: How To Help Your Pastor
Do you want to help your pastor? When your cousin, who attended your congregation two years ago for your aunt's funeral, and is once again visiting, comes to the church, take them to the pastor and say, "You remember John Smith? He was here for my aunt Edna's funeral." The pastor will say, "Sure, I remember", because he does now. But if you just say, "This is my cousin" The pastor likely won't remember who it is, and an awkward silence ensues. What you have done with the proposed introduction is tell the pastor three very important things : 1) Their name, so he can hold a conversation. 2) That he has met them before, and doesn't need to say, "Good to meet you." 3) The context of that meeting, to move the memory where it needs to be. If you do this, your pastor will look much better, and he will very much appreciate your thoughtfulness. Incidentally, I know a pastor of a large church who always greets people he doesn't know well with, "Hi, John Smith, we met at…" This takes all the tension away. And it's good manners.