How to Be A Good Follower

One of the unique characteristics of being a part of The Ridge Church, or any church for that matter is the dual roles we all serve. At times we are called on to be leaders and other times, followers. In reality we all serve as followers of Jesus.

Ron Edmondson offers ways one can be a good follower. While his focus is on church staff, 9 of these are great insights for church members and leaders as well.

Help me lead better – Help me be a better leader in the areas where I may not have the access to information you do.

Do what you commit to do – If you aren’t going to complete a task, please let me know in plenty of time or offer to help find someone who can.

Don’t commit if you won’t put your heart into it – Good followers give their best effort towards completing the work assigned to them.

Pray for me – I don’t have all the answers. In fact, some days I have none.

Complete my shortcomings – The reason we are a team is because you have skills I lack.

Respect me – In public settings, even when you don’t agree with my decisions, honor me until you have a chance to challenge me privately.

Love the vision – Ask God to give you a burning desire to see the vision succeed.

Be prepared – When bringing an issue for a decision, do your homework – information.

Stay healthy – You can’t be as effective on the team if you are unhealthy. As much as it depends on you, remain a healthy follower.

We are all part of the team called The Ridge Church! May we all be good followers of Jesus as well .

Read full article by Ron Edmondson

We labor Together With God, Wes

10 Reasons Everybody at Church Should Wear a Nametag

By Chuck Lawless

At many conferences and meetings I attend, I am expected to wear a nametag. The business world thinks about nametags, but the church world gives them too little thought. Here are ten reasons EVERYONE in church ought to wear a nametag.

  1. Few people know everybody in the church. Even in the smallest churches, it’s sometimes difficult to remember everybody’s name. If/as the church grows, that task becomes even more difficult. Nametags allow us to admit that struggle while providing a way to overcome it.
  2. Leaders need help with names. I want to know everybody’s name in my church, but I’m not gifted with that kind of memory. I admit I need help if I want to be the best church leader I can be. I would much prefer calling people by name as I minister to them – and nametags allow me to do so.
  3. Nametags invite conversation. Knowing another person’s name breaks down one barrier to conversations that church folks ought to feel comfortable having. It’s simply easier to talk with others when you are on a first-name basis.
  4. Knowing names makes fellowship more personal. While calling each other “brother” or “sister” sounds good (and is theologically on target), that nomenclature is often a cover up for “I’m sorry I don’t know your name, and I’m embarrassed to ask.” As long as conversations remain at the anonymous “brother” and “sister” level, fellowship will remain surface level.
  5. Nametags save embarrassment. We’ve probably all called someone by the wrong name, only to realize it later (or perhaps even within the same conversation). If “brother” or “sister” is a gentle way of saying, “I don’t know your name,” using the wrong name is an undeniable way of doing so. That’s embarrassing for both parties.
  6. Nametags are an inexpensive way to promote outward focus. The church that says, “We don’t need nametags since we already know everyone anyway” is probably saying more than they care to admit. My guess is they see few guests at their church, and they probably aren’t expecting any. On the other hand, using nametags is one way to say, “We expect God to send us guests, and we want to be ready for them.”
  7. Guests feel less conspicuous. I understand why we might give guests a nametag, but doing so for them alone actually makes them even more noticeable – and puts them at a disadvantage in conversations. I know their name, but they don’t know mine if I’m not also wearing a nametag. Guests should never be the ones who must do the asking.
  8. Saying to someone, “Please let us know your name” also says, “We want to know you.” Much has been written about guests’ desire for anonymity in churches, but I take a different slant on that issue. People who come to a church are looking for something. They often welcome care and concern. What they don’t want is to be smothered and made uncomfortable. That’s a different issue, though, than simply wanting to know them by name.
  9. A “nametag” ministry provides opportunities for service. Somebody must purchase the nametags. Somebody must distribute them. Greeters must remind folks to get their nametags. And, likely, somebody must clean up the “peel and press” nametags that wind up on the floor after the service. The opportunities for members to get involved in a simple but significant ministry are numerous.
  10. Leaders risk little by trying this approach. We’re not omitting a ministry from the budget, re-writing the church constitution, or killing a sacred cow with this approach. We’re simply asking people to wear a nametag to promote fellowship and welcome guests. If this ministry fails – and I don’t think it will if leaders promote it properly and patiently wait for it to enter the DNA of a congregation – the church has lost little.

What are your thoughts about nametags?

Chuck Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary. You can connect with Dr. Lawless on both Twitter and Facebook.



“Continuing the Journey”

This morning I can feel the change in seasons. I must say it is delightful. Along with the seasonal change many other changes are taking place in the households of our communities. I imagine almost every household is adjusting as they are closing down summer and opening up autumn. One might say that change is in the air. In recent weeks we have made several adjustments and changes as we experienced some notable firsts. We baptized six people in are brand new Baptistery. It took a lot of planning with the input of many to experience such a worshipful and meaningful service.

We also observed the Lord’s Supper for the first time here on that Sunday and welcomed folks into the fellowship of the church. What a glorious day, to be sure.

This weekend is the first block party! The beginning of what I hope are many activities that will enable us to better know the community around us. I also hope and expect that we will be present to introduce ourselves and assist as needed.

Next weekend we will host our first wedding. Also, recently the educational space has been completed and all of our children are in one area.

The lights are up and working in the parking lot. The Trustees have a plan to upgrade the base of the parking lot. It will take shape over the month as the weather allows.

Our journey is filled with firsts, excitement, and changes. It is not however without its costs. Our loan is being finalized and we will be responsible for a $3,800 monthly payment beginning in October.

I know we will keep stepping up as we continue the journey, together!