In baseball, what is the most important pitch?

Baseball gets sliced countless ways … a statistician’s dream!  What is the most important pitch?  Here it is ….

If a pitcher can split one ball and one strike over the first two pitches, the third pitch becomes the most critical.  A strike on the third pitch, and batters only bat 179 the rest of the at bat.  A ball on the third pitch and they bat 255.  The third pitch, over the course of season and 100′s of batters becomes the most important.

Some wisdom there.  We often focus on the end, the “strike 3″, the final out, the close of the sale, the signing on the dotted line, but that actual critical turning lies further upstream.

So it is with churches and church work.

If we are to engage people in this wild and wonderful work of “church” – and I am talking of “work” that is far more than attendance – the wins come much further upstream.

So this weekend Zana and Ryan are traveling to NewChurch LIVE.  She emailed last night, “Ryan and I talked about it and we would love to meet with you on Sunday after church.  It will be our first time coming to your church.”  What should that third pitch look like?  Will you be the one that offers it?  That is not about a crass manipulation.  It is about us becoming aware of how a welcoming attitude delivered consistently serves.

Batter up!


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