The Value of Being Nice

Yesterday, Anthony stopped by the movie theater to drop off a final check. As we dropped off that check to the place that had been our home for the last 13 months, I was reminded about the power of being nice. The managers at the theater told us that they missed us and wished us well. During our time there, we made sure to write thank you notes, give gift cards, do what we said we were going to do, clean up after ourselves, and stopped by just to say hi. Not only is this good business, it’s just a nice thing to do. How bad would it be to invite the community to our church, but have the employees at the theater hate being there because of us. I think it speaks to our character as a church (and the character of our volunteers) that we never had an incident and that we were wanted there

We’re moving into Woodland with the same philosophy. I want to see the custodial staff enjoy Sunday mornings, and give them little to have to clean up. I want to be able to help teachers and students. We want to be a church that serves. In short, doing some nice things will go a long way. Here’s some ideas:

  • If you’re portable, write thank you notes and include gift cards. $5 to Starbucks doesn’t cost you that much.
  • Send periodic hand-written notes or e-mails to just say “good job.” Be sure to include your staff, volunteers and especially new volunteers.
  • Ask personal questions. I know that Vonna’s daughter is a 14 year old fast pitch softball player who plays shortstop and has a rocket arm.
  • If your church meets at a school, consider doing something for some students. Maybe you could cook hamburgers for the band one afternoon while they are getting ready to go to a competition. Maybe you could deliver pizza to the chorus.
  • Under promise and over deliver. Go above and beyond what is required.
  • Pay your bills. Don’t make people have to come asking for money. That may happen every now and then, but they will trust you and give you a free past for an honest mistake if you’re on top of things.
  • Treat the cleaning staff with respect.
  • Say thanks. Lots of times.

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