When Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase speaks to groups about the issues he addresses in his latest book, Just Say Yes: Unleashing People for Ministry, he likes to do it in three different one-hour sessions split up over a couple of days.
At his home Annual Conference, though, he didn’t have that kind of time available. So his plan was to squeeze that three-hour presentation down into a one-hour seminar for the Monday Morning Learning Time. However, addressing the issues around the sale of the Conference-owned camps took longer than the scheduled time, which then bumped back other business to Monday morning, the last half-day of Conference.
“Because of our condensed morning schedule, I’m going to try to take what was originally a three-hour presentation down to about 10 minutes,” he said.
While he didn’t go full-on auctioneer during the presentation, he did hit it fast, skipping through slides and only speaking to the highlights. But all the attendees did go home with the book, so he knew they would have plenty of time later to go over it again and let it all sink in.
Most of Bishop Schnase’s previous work has been geared toward top-tier leadership in local churches, examining ways they can improve their local church. Just Say Yes encourages churches to be quick to grant permission for all people, including new attendees, to follow their call and engage in a ministry that can make a difference.
Some people have No as a default answer, others have certain things that trigger the no response before they fully consider the question. Bishop Schnase offered the following common ways that people in a church say no to a suggestion for ministry.