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8 Responses to “The 40 Percent”

  1. Keith says:

    Thanks for the reminder. The gospel says that in this life, we will only ever see partially, which should keep us both open to and desiring the input of others into our spiritual journey, knowing that our self-assessment will often be very suspect.

  2. Alan says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I think I was often too afraid of hearing anything other than, “good sermon” or “that really ministered to me.” If I had been courageous enough to regularly ask for authentic responses to the questions “What worked and what didn’t” who knows, our church might still be open. Many people interpret honest feedback as criticism, and so many of us find criticism difficult to process.

  3. Mike Metzger says:

    Alan – I think you’re on to something. Mike

  4. Barnabas says:

    On reflection, an appropriate use of mirrors, helps maintain a healthy perspective.

  5. Biz Gainey says:

    Hey Mike,

    I have read this single article a dozen times since the posting. I believe there is something here for me relative to what we are trying to do through Pillar and our emphasis on formation for the sake of others.

    Each reading helps me ‘see’ that our sight can be shaped by habits and disciplines that form memory patterns – create a memory bank – that shape our desires. I am not sure, but that is where I am heading. Again, thanks!

  6. Bob Ewell says:

    Great article, Mike, but the email intro talks about mass shootings and the “rational we.”

  7. John says:

    Alan’s comment makes me wonder how a church could implement some kind of 360-degree feedback mechanism (pastor, elders, deacons, congregation, etc). We congregants often discuss the pastor’s sermons among ourselves, but I have never encountered a pastor who sought direct, thoughtful feedback.

  8. Bob Ewell says:

    Re pastors not asking for feedback, I was once designed a survey for the congregants to complete after the sermon, and we collected them over a period of time. They served two functions: one was to provide honest feedback to the pastor on what people were taking away from the sermon. The other was to get a rough measure of sermon “satisfaction.” Generally, a pastor hears only from the complainers, and the survey data allowed him to say something like, I’m sorry you don’t like the sermon(s), but 80% of your fellow parishioners do!

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