I have just begun a stint at First Baptist Church of Moore, Oklahoma as their interim Minister of Education. I started January 1, so I’ve got a couple of Sundays under my belt there. First Baptist is a pretty large church, and after making my way around the last two weeks, I’ve become aware once again of the importance of your name!
Your name is your identity. Your name is how people acknowledge your presence and get your attention. People address you by using your name. Your name is what you sign on a check to pay a bill, or a mortgage contract to buy a house.
Your name has value.
Imagine entering your group for the very first time, where you do not know a soul in the room…
Imagine keeping up with all of the names in your group, and trying to remember them and use their name when you talk to someone…
Imagine someone trying to carry a conversation with you… and never using your name!
Feels a little awkward, doesn’t it?
I’m reading through the Bible chronologically, and today’s reading was Genesis 17-19. In chapter 17, God changes Abram’s name to Abraham; and Sarai’s name to Sarah. Then, every time God speaks to them, He uses their name.
Do you want to have a group that people want to belong to? Where guests want to come back for more?
Learn their name!
Action item: Get some of those “peel-off” nametags and use them in your next group meeting. The start of a relationship is identifying someone by their name!