What is Your Elevator Speech?
If you have ever been looking for a new job, you have probably been encouraged to have an “elevator speech.” An elevator speech is a 15—30 second speech that summarizes who you are, what you do and why you would be the perfect candidate for the job. It is the pitch you know by heart and comes naturally.
So imagine this: Imagine you are in an elevator with someone and you are holding a newsletter from your church, and the other person in the elevator says, “Is that where you go to church?” What would your elevator speech be about your church? You have at most 15 seconds before the elevator gets to their floor.
I have heard the following “elevator speeches” about St. Timothy’s:
“I came here at the lowest point in my life and this community brought me back to life.”
“These people are real.”
“This church welcomed me as I am.”
“St. Timothy’s saved my life; I wouldn’t be here today without that church.”
“I walked in one day and was welcomed, and when I came back the next Sunday people remembered my name.”
“It was such good news to find a church where it was ok not to have all the answers.”
“At St. Timothy’s I discovered how much God loves me.”
What would you say about your church to someone who asked you, “Is that where you go to church?” One of the challenges in answering this question is that it often takes us to a place filled with intense emotion. When I have asked groups of people at St. Timothy’s to share why they belong to this church, the first response is usually a sigh and a lump in the throat. When it gets right down to it, they are here because the presence of God in this community accepted them as is. You see, they came here afraid that they would be unacceptable because of their flaws and deficiencies, and when they were welcomed—"warts and all”—they were liberated from their fear. When we discover that God really does love us—no exceptions—it is a moving and disarming experience. We have discovered that we are a beloved child of God. We have discovered the wonder of who we are, and we feel very vulnerable. What if we share this priceless treasure, and the listener dismisses it as so much idle chatter.
John the Baptist sent his disciples to ask Jesus “Are you the one who is to come or should we wait for another?” Jesus responded by saying “Go and tell John” that lives are changed and transformed by the power of God(Mt. 11:2-6).
What is your elevator speech? If someone asked you about your church, how would you describe how the power of God has changed your life before they get off the elevator?