First Impressions Matter

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You know, it's been said that first impressions are lasting impressions. I think I first heard that from Pastor Rick Warren, but I know that the quote has been all around and I don't know who said it first, but first impressions are lasting impressions. The other day we went through a drive through kind of ice cream shop, fountain shop close to our house and when we got our fountain drinks they put a small little mini gummy bear right on top of our drinks. You know, it was a small thing, but they didn’t have to put that little gummy bear on there. But it was kind of cool. You know, sometimes it doesn't take a whole lot to make a really big first impression. 

When you think about people coming to your church on Sunday, those first impressions don't start with the pastor's sermon. They don't start with how well the kids liked their Sunday school lesson. The first impressions really start when they enter the parking lot and when they approach the front door and how they're greeted and how does the building smell and is it clean and what do the signs look like. It actually probably starts before that, like when they go to the church website to figure out if they're going to visit your church on Sunday. I want to encourage you to take a few minutes today, this week, to really think about what kind of first impressions am I giving? What kind of first impressions do I give to people that I see while I'm out and about? What kind of first impressions do I give every morning when people pass me in the office or see me at work? 

What kind of first impressions do I give my volunteers when they show up on Wednesday nights? What are my first impressions like when visitors come to our church? First impressions matter. You know, there's another quote that's been all around and it's this: that you only get one chance to make that first impression and so you've got to make it last. Really spend time. I know that a lot of times organizations, churches, businesses that seem to really do things right, they focus on those first impressions and to really make sure you're getting those first impressions right, you almost need to get an outsider's opinion. You might think that everything's good when it comes to first impressions, but why don't you ask a visitor? Maybe you need to have a friend visit your church or your ministry or your place of work with a fresh set of eyes and really tell you honestly in love, what were their first impressions so that you grow and so that you get better. Remember friends, first impressions matter.

Your #1 fan,


Ryan Frank