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My friend?Matthew Lee Anderson?rattled off a fantastic string of tweets Monday night about church leaders who settle. Here’s the sequence of my favorite tweets from the string:

This resonated with me in a way that made me think Matthew had been reading my mind and listening in on some of my conversations with colleagues. I’ve been trying to work this stuff out, trying to identify the proper balance between connecting with new believers and not-yet-believers and challenging lifelong believers. As a church communicator, I’m often thinking about my audience ? who they are and how to best serve them ? and I think that’s what Matthew’s was working out too.

In all of this, it occurs to me that one of the biggest mistakes we make as church leaders is to aim too low. If we fail to aim above people’s heads, to use Matthew’s phrase, we fail to give our people anything to reach for and grow toward. And isn’t that what the Christian life is about??Becoming? I believe it is.

As we plan and lead in the days, weeks, and months to come, may that one phrase continue to rattle around in our minds:?Death to low expectations in the church. As it rattles around, I bet we aim a little higher.

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