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September 18, 2009

If You Want Me to I Will

I have never had a member of my congregation say such a thing to me.

I wasn’t offended; I was fascinated.

There are three professions with which you do not engage in casual conversation unless you are ready to be engaged totally. You do not casually tell an insurance salesperson that you had been thinking about maybe getting more insurance, because she will have 20 suggestions for your insurance needs. You do not casually mention to a car salesman that you are wondering about a car, because he will give you ten new models that would be just right for you. You do not tentatively tell a minister that their Stewardship Campaign could be bolder because she will say, “So why don’t you Chair the committee?”

You would have been proud of me. I was so stunned that a member of the congregation would say such a thing that I immediately got out a pen and paper and said, “Tell me more.”

First you need to know that my friend was not saying we do a bad job; so the Stewardship Committee and I can rest easy and read on. What our friend was saying to us at Dublin Community Church is, “You have a lot going on, you have a lot to offer people, don’t be hesitant to tell them everything that this church can do for their family and community. Don’t be hesitant to ask people for money for the ministries of this fine church.”

Granted, I am paraphrasing our friend but I have the essence of what he was saying. And what he was saying was, “Be bold. Tell of the great things of Dublin Community Church. Tell of the need to finance all this. Tell them.”

OK maybe I will.

But, more than just fearing that I might assign him to the Stewardship Campaign next year (and frankly I may), he took a risk because NOBODY ever speaks about money to a minister for fear of being to asked to give more himself.

I know this friend well enough to know that he is giving his all to the church financially. But I found out through our conversation that he is familiar with several Stewardship Campaign Programs. He knows what he is talking about. He has been involved with campaigns. He gave me some good advice. But I wonder.

Dare I tell our congregation that we have a lot going for us through our expanded ministries, our additional staff hours, our successful Capital Campaign, our totally revamped Sunday School Program, our Youth Mission Trip to New York City Next Summer, our six Bible Study opportunities this Fall alone, our (now even larger) choir, our (now even larger) bell choir, our three children’s-music offerings, our care and support of the Wider Church and overseas mission in addition to mission here at home? Should I mention the Men’s Fall Retreat, support for Deep Griha in India and the local Food Pantry? Should I detail all these things? Dare I say, that Dublin Community Church has earned your trust through the years? Dare I say that we have earned your consideration for solid financial support? Dare I say all that?

I’ll have to think on it a bit.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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