WHAT I’VE LEARNED FROM 20 YEARS OF EMAIL

WHAT I’VE LEARNED FROM 20 YEARS OF EMAIL

I’ve been collecting and saving emails for over 20 years. I typically enjoy connecting with people through this unique medium. You never know what will be in the next letter. It could be a question about anything from Roman Catholicism, to Mormon theology, to Bible translations, or a question from someone who’s going through deep pain. It’s always a privilege to “talk” with people through electronic mail.

Recently as I was skimming through hundreds of past emails, I noticed a number of trends that I found interesting:

1. How many people have written to say “thanks” for something—this has been very encouraging over the years!
2. How many have written to share something painful that they are going through.
3. How many people have written to play “gotcha” when they are upset about something in the church.
4. How many people ask truly interesting questions about a wide variety of subjects, and send me searching for an answer.
5. How many share insightful things that help me to see things differently.
6. How few people write back to say “thanks” for an extended answer.

Interesting trends to say the least. Responding to email is one of the privileges of being a Pastor. It always keeps things interesting!

by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor
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