Consistency is one of the world’s most underrated virtues.

There is something wonderful about knowing what to expect each and every time you do something. I don’t know whether a flight that I’m taking will be late taking off or not. I don’t know if the flight crew will be rude or not. I don’t know. There are certain restaurants I go to… and I know the food will be terrific, the service impeccable, and the ambiance soothing. There are other places I go where it’s a real crap shoot.

There was a man who played in the outfield for the Milwaukee Brewers in the 80’s and briefly in the 90’s. His name was Rob Deer. He led the Major Leagues in strikeouts nearly every year he played. His average rarely, if ever, cracked .240. His slumps were atrocious–1 for 57 with 30+ strikeouts. But, he also hit 40+ home runs each year.

Here’s a question. Would you rather have Rob Deer, who can hit the long ball, and give you the big score…or would you rather have the guy who hits a lot of singles and bats .300, but doesn’t hit many home runs?

I’ll take that guy.

One thing ministers and churches should strive for is consistency. A lot can be changed if there is a qualitative consistency to ministry. Admittedly, "quality" is hard to define. But, we know it when we see it.

Today’s question? What things should churches be consistent at? (That was a bad sentence…)

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. I think churches better exude warmth consistently or their chances of touching lives are nil. Folks will forgive and forget a lot of bad teaching, preaching, and singing, but if they are welcomed as family, they will always consider coming back.
    Seems like Rob Deer hit .468 against the Rangers in his career. But then, so do a lot of folks.

  2. There’s a reason Tony Gwynn is a Hall of Famer and Rob Deer is not. Give me Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken, Paul Molitor, Michael Young, and guys like them every day over a Rob Deer.
    Churches must be consistent in how they invite newcomers into their family. We need a consistent process that leads further down the road of connection.
    Churches also must be consistently excellent in everything we do. We must bring our best–worship, classes, small groups, children, youth. God deserves, and if you believe what the OT says about it, demands our best.