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Tammy Kelley: Actions Speak Louder, Yet You’re Still Talking

July 13, 2011

Two years ago God said, “you need a time out.” Had been full time staff leadership for 15 years Now consultant with local churches and non-profits. Game changer is what I’ve observed about the local church now that I’m normal. What we DO as church leaders really matters. The inconsistency between what we say, say we want to do, say we believe and we actually do stinks. People observe that in our congregations. They are polite and grace filled. They say that staff are people too. When staff disappoints us, it makes the church seem less relevant, less important. We wonder why the people out there don’t do our stuff. We as church leaders need to “do our stuff.” We need to do what we say we are going to do. We need to look distinctively different. We need to model right behaviors. Even when people are polite, they notice. It’s better to say little, or nothing, than to fill the air with meaningless words we can’t put action to.

Discussion Questions:
1. Have you ever considered that, as a staff person, the gap between your talk and your behavior has made church less important to some?
2. How can church leaders learn to talk less and act more?

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