Quality matters.  If you have ever had the experience of hearing the difference between a regular cable and a monster cable you’ll know what I’m talking about.  You get what you pay for…so they say.  But no matter how good the equipment is, you will experience a loss in quality the more connections you add.  And the longer the run, the more quality you lose.  Take a simple power cable.  You’ll get power loss after so many feet….you have to get really thick cable to keep it from happening.  Plug to many things into a power strip and you can short out the whole thing.

So where am I going with this?  How you make the connection with your people is the same way….and when I say "connection" I mean how many hand-offs do you have?  First get the best quality that is available to you.  Find someone gifted in this area.  And keep the connections at a minimum.  Remember, each time you add a connection you lose something in the process.  If you have too many steps, you’ll start to lose people at each hand-off.

How this applies to us is we try to get first time guests straight into the body…serving and small groups.  We eliminated all the steps in between because we were losing people in the process.  One connection…one step…maximum involvement…and maximum stick.

The part about the power strip shorting out?  Don’t do it all yourself or you’ll short out as well!

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