Should We Start Our Services On Time, Or A Little Late?

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  • Shalon Palmer

Should We Start Our Services On Time Or Not?

Today’s post is a little different than usual.  I want to ask question.  And not just a spiritual/propel you into deep thought/make you question your whole life kind of question like last week.    I know a lot of you guys are skilled leaders with incredible faith, so I thought that I would take advantage of having us all here together and get your input.

I’ve heard a few different opinions on this subject and would love to hear yours.

The question:  Should we start our services on time or not?  Allow me to elaborate.  Should we be very punctual by starting our services at the exact service time, or should we have a service time that we are loose with and simply start close to?

I’ve been on both sides and saw that both were very effective.

Starting On the Dot.

If you create a habit of always starting on time, people never fall into the “oh we can be late because they never start on time anyways” habit.  It also falls hand in hand with excellence.

Starting late.

I’ve also been a part of services that always started about 10 or so minutes after the service time.  This gave people the opportunity to talk, hang out, and really encouraged community.

I’m sure there are situations where one of these works better than the other, so what are they?  I’d really love to hear what you guys think and have experienced in this area.  Share below in the comments, and feel free to reply to other’s comments as well.  Thanks!

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