Six ways to practice defining yourself at church

  1. Here’s what I think:
  2. I want…
  3. I’d like to…
  4. I’ll be leaving the meeting at 9:00.
  5. I don’t answer my cell on Monday.
  6. I’d love it if we could…

What do you do when you need to say what you think or set a boundary?

4 replies on “Six ways to practice defining yourself at church

  • Rev Jim Hinds

    The defining of boundaries is not to just keep others away, it reminds us of what is truly important (to us and ministry), it presents ways for others to also define themselves.

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    • Margaret Marcuson

      Thanks, Jim. You’re right. To have the impact you describe, it’s important to do it in a way that is not too serious and rigid. It’s a tricky balance.

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    • Margaret Marcuson

      Paul — well, it’s true that defining yourself can get you in trouble. I wonder if thinking of it as “practice” could make it a little lighter. Like running scales.

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