stopwatchAny church can immediately become more effective by practicing a simple little rule each time they gather for worship.  I call this rule the 3-Minute Rule. It’s simple, and it ONLY takes three minutes.

Here’s how the 3-Minute Rule works. Immediately after the morning worship service ends, all the regular attenders spend the first 3 minutes talking with guests, newcomers, or simply people they do not know, before they begin talking with their friends. If possible, they introduce those they meet during the 3-Minute time to their friends with the hope of including them in the group. This intentional approach would greatly improve “first impressions” of the church and assist with the assimilation of newcomers. We should always keep in mind that . . . .

We are a culture craving relationship. In the midst of our crowded existence, many of us are living lonely lives. We live and work in a sea of humanity, but we end up missing out on the benefits of regular, meaningful relationships.  (Andy Stanley)

I think we should practice a similar rule before the service as well. I call it the 2-Person Rule. Strive to meet at least two new people before the service begins. Imagine how many people you would meet after a few weeks. Remember . . . .

People are not merely looking for a friendly church; they are looking to make friends at church.  (Steve Rice)

It’s true that worship can be a time of personal reflection and adoration for the Lord, but it can also be a place of service. Make an effort this Sunday to meet at least two new people before the service and then take the first three minutes after the service to venture outside your normal conversation circle.  You’ll be blessed and you be a blessing to others as well!

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  1. Years ago while working with the guest services ministry for a large Lexington, KY church, it was our mission to give each person at least five encounters before they sat in their seat. These touches were from parking attendants, shuttle bus drivers, greeters, ushers, and welcome center volunteers. My husband James and I volunteer at the HUB, or information booth at Vineyard Community Church in Richmond, KY. Pastor Steve, you are so right that people are looking for community at church. The 3-Minute Rule is a great way toward creating a culture of community within the four walls of the church. We never know how deeply God can use a simple greeting in penetrating a heart to receive His message of love, which is a verb. Keep up the great work you do!


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