Going the Second Mile comes from the book of Matthew. Jesus says, “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” (Matthew 5:41)
In ministry, as it is in life, people have certain expectations: Be nice, work hard, be ethical, and say “please” and “thank you.” We should do those things because it is right. It is expected. it is obligatory, and most of the time a compulsion that takes little. It is the First Mile.
Going the Second Mile ups the ante. It is the “above and beyond.” It is under-promising and over-delivering. It is analyzing Ministry Applications to find what people value and to discover their expectations. It is sending personal emails, making personal phone calls, and listening. It is helping Team Members work through a financial crisis. It is sending electronic birthday cards and personally responding to their Blogs, Prayer Requests, and Praise Reports. It is making available to any Ministry Team member any of our published content to use as the Lord directs–all at no charge.
Going the Second Mile means putting others before yourself in a world that is all too often about “me, me, me.”