Southwestern Bell Got it Right

We talk often, as a staff, about what we do as a church – I don’t mean our menu of programming, but more, who we are and what we’re about. Here’s what we’ve decided:

What we do:

  1. Read the Bible.
  2. Pray.
  3. Connect people together.

I don’t know about you, but the third one is actually the hardest for me. I am semi-introverted and pretty much always think that correspondence from me would be a bother for the other person. “I don’t want to waste their time.” “I don’t want to bother them.” “I don’t want to be a burden.”

But our staff, during Coronatine, has decided to make a concerted effort to keep our people connected by reaching out through calls, texts, and notes. So, I have had to suck it up and reach out to all kinds of people. (But if I called / texted/ wrote you a note, you were definitely the exception. I wanted to do that.)


First, I was shocked at how many people responded to my texts! When I asked for prayer requests, people actually told me what I could pray for, and I prayed for them. Some even asked me what they could pray for. I told them and I assume they prayed for my requests. What a gift!

I don’t know how much effort you’ve put into connecting with other people these days. And I don’t want it to feel like just one more thing to do. I think you’ll be surprised, though. And, what do you have to lose? If someone screens your call…so what? If they don’t return your text…no big deal.

Take a minute. Try it.

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