I normally don’t pay a lot of attention to how people are dressed, unless I’m at a social gathering, and I realize everyone is attired differently than I am.
I had read a recent article (financial news) about clothing companies making more work-out clothing since that’s what’s selling. This morning at a high school I made it a point to observe how people were dressed. A lot of students were wearing athletic clothing. It reminded me of a few years ago when I worked out at a fitness center. The ellipticals were at the front, and on one I would find myself looking out towards the sidewalk and parking lot. Periodically, I would see someone wearing workout attire, moving towards the fitness center. I would think that someone was heading in to work out. Frequently, I was wrong. They would pass by the fitness center to head into a fast food establishment.
Now admittedly, many of these people didn’t look fit, but I always applaud someone who starts on the road to improving their fitness. Perhaps some of these individuals were getting in shape physically. But, probably not.
It used to be that people in workout clothing were either going to or returning from working out, That assumption no longer holds.
For churches and Christians I once made assumptions. If someone was a member of a congregation I assumed they knew and lived for the Lord. (This was before I became a pastor.)
I also had assumed that people who talked the talk would walk the walk. Yet I found that from getting to know the big talkers, not all of them lived for the Lord. They only knew the Christian lingo.
Congregations may talk about evangelism. But do they actually practice it by actually sharing the gospel. Some do, some don’t.
Others may have mission statements emphasizing discipleship, but are they actually growing believers.
Think about how you present yourself and consider whether it’s accurate. If not, ask, “what steps can I take to make this a reality?”
As a consultant, I can assist your congregation into making your vision and goals come to life.
Ashton C. Smith, Certified Church Consultant