I've been getting "just walk across the room"" stories from many of you via email, conversations and a phone call. Here's one email from one of our members:
I thought I'd share my "just walk across the room" anecdote with you from this week. I had a meeting with a potential client this past Sunday after church at the Hudson Bagel Shop right near the school. As I was talking to this woman, I decided to try to get to know her a little better and tell her about myself. I could have easily just kept the conversation on business, family, etc., but I decided to mention that our meeting spot was great because I was able to get there easily from church. This lead to a discussion about churches and about a disappointment she had with another church. I invited her to Five Oaks this Sunday and I'll be looking for her. As I write this, I think I'll call her and invite her again.
I had another opportunity to talk about faith this weekend with a very good friend of mine who goes to church, but is not convinced about Jesus. I also invited her to our church. I'd love to get some advice from you on this topic at some later time.
...you have to...get out of your comfort zone. People are not generally going to come to you, you have to go to them. And when you do, your heart has to be in right place and you have to have what's best for them in mind.
After I asked permission to use her email she added:
Sure thing. I forgot to mention (duh) that I did pray a quick prayer asking for an opportunity and guidance before I met with both of these women this week. I definitely felt a nudge to keep going while talking to both. It was a nudge to listen closely and then say something even if I didn't know what to say. This was especially true for my good friend who ended up thanking me for continue to listen and discuss her faith.