In my personal life and work I have tried to own the phrase “repetition is reputation”. We all have a reputation, those things people say about you when you are not there. He works hard, he loves his wife, she is a great listener, she is great at hospital visits, he knows every child’s name. Or it could be something like, he is always late getting his reports in, we never see her in the office before 9:00, he is disorganized…
Truth is, for the most part, we earn our reputation by doing things consistently. I consistently arrive at church before the first teacher. I consistently recruit leaders in advance. I consistently write thank you notes. I consistently _______________________ (fill in the blank).
At CentriKid Camps, we want to own the phrase “repetition is reputation”. So let’s consider a Children’s Minister who comes to camp for 4 summers and has been very pleased but the 5th summer the band is terrible, or the staffers are not friendly. This minister will probably give the benefit of the doubt and come back knowing this is not the norm.
However, if its her first time at camp she will probably assume this is what every camp we provide is like so she won’t be back, she won’t try another location, she won’t recommend it to anyone else, and if asked will suggest that folks not take their group.
Now what about that Children’s Minister I mentioned that came 4 summers and had a bad experience his 5th? If he comes back a 6th time and once again he is disappointed then he has probably attended his last event. The repetition/reputation now earned by camp means he is looking for something else.
So at CentriKid Camps, we seek to never settle for second best. We will never say, “I know they won’t be a great staffer, great pastor, great band, but they’re all we’ve got.” We will never compromise. We won’t forget that we might not get a second chance. We seek to deliver an out of the box, remarkable camp experience every day.
How about your ministry? What is the reputation you and your team have earned? Are you settling? Just getting by?