Just an “fyi” for anybody out there who ever feels compelled to approach your pastor/teacher/worship leader with a critique of the service:

Even if you consider your critique “just suggestions,” two seconds after the service has ended is not the right time.

:-)

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6 thoughts on “Timing is Everything”

  1. David says:

    Glad it’s not just me.Somehow, there’s an opportunity for us to help others grow in grace. I’m still looking to see how that works.

  2. Jared says:

    It is definitely a grace-testing moment for those on the receiving end, isn’t it? :-)Nod, smile, say thanks for the suggestion and you’ll definitely think about it.Most people mean very well and are just zealous to “help.”

  3. Milly says:

    Never compelled to do that right after usually too busy breaking stuff down. I might say good job if I liked it. I know that my minister hears from others because he likes to shake things up a bit.

  4. Bird says:

    I had a minor critique for my pastor on Sunday. Something he said rubbed me the wrong way. Despite the fact that he’s ridiculously humble and approachable, I kept my pie hole shut.The way I see it, he’s a human and he’s going to say some human things. I’m sure he gets plenty of crap on a weekly basis. I don’t feel compelled to add to it.

  5. Jared says:

    Bird, if what he said wasn’t something doctrinally questionable or personally really offensive, I think your graceful response is to be commended.

  6. Jeff Greathouse says:

    and the after the service, right before the next service even makes it worseSET UP AN APPOINTMENT (please)

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