Thursday, April 22, 2010

Missional Tipping

Pastor, writer, and blogger, Jared Wilson gives us this helpful perspective on taking a Christian (Christ-like) attitude with us when we go to Christan conferences and events. He writes:

So before the T4G conference last week I posted something about dudes not watching porn in their hotel rooms, and it got a lot of traction. Now I wonder if someone should have posted something about not being idiots at restaurants and cafes, because while I was in Louisville I kept hearing horror stories. One waitress told us that one party she waited on left her a $7 tip on an $80 bill but also left one of those fake million-dollar-bill gospel tracts. Another got "Way of the Master"ed while she served a table. She was in tears relating this to another pastor, who ministered to her more gently. I abominate whoever left the fake money tract. The lines for service were long last week, so there was a lot of sighing and eye rolling and short temperedness from Christians who forgot they were there to serve.

In a comment to Jared's post, this sound wisdom was posted:

Philip said...

Best way to "witness" to a waiter/waitress I've ever seen is this:

1. Be friendly. Tell them you will be praying before your meal, Ask if you can pray for them. If body language, tone of voice and time permits, ask if there is anything specific.

2. Pray for them.

3. Leave a good tip.

And that's it. The Holy Spirit will do the rest. You'll be amazed at how many actual opportunities to minister to people in Jesus' name comes from this.

3 John 8
Bill H.

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