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  1. Pastor joe Denitto August 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Love cannot be taught, it can only be caught. Not head knowledge, but revelation of who Christ is in you. Then as we meet spirit to spirit love who is Jesus Christ is released to each other. Love is not a feeling He is Commitment.

  2. A great challenge, in Ireland we are more formal. I stick out my hand and the huggers hug me and the hand shakers brake my fingers!
    God has called me to pastor, anyone prepared to teach me? Let me know….
    The Lord bless

  3. “One of the best ways to warm up a crowd is to meet as many people as you can before you speak to them.” Jedi Master stuff! Thanks!

  4. What a great post. I really appreciate your words this morning Rick. I received an email just last night from an individual who is leaving our church simply because he felt like the pastoral leadership hasn’t loved him well enough. These are great insights. I will be sharing them with our pastoral community today. Thank you!

  5. Julian Richards August 28, 2012 at 1:42 am

    A great post, with some good points to take on board. I was recently challenged about spending time trying to organise and do set up, putting chairs out and alll the ancilliary stuff on a Sunday morning with* “all of that is stuff anyone can do, but only you can greet people as pastor -delegate the other stuff and get yourself to the door” – very wise advice!
    With regard to touch and especially hugging, I guess the UK is a more formal society, when greeting people, it is important to gauge whether a hug will be too close. I have in the past made the mistake of hugging people who have shrunk back as I have done so – I have learned to ask “are you a hug person or a handshake person?” as I greet them, and then respond appropriately. This is particularly true of men.

  6. At a recent funeral, I saw a man I hadn’t see in ages. I started to shake his hand and he said to me, “in my family, we give hugs.” I’d never thought about the formality of a handshake vs. the love of a hug until that time.