What’s your church’s hygiene factor?

In a post entitled Valuing hygiene factors, Seth Godin wrote,

A hygiene factor is something you miss when it’s gone, but barely notice when it’s there.

Clean sheets at a hotel, for example. The base salary at a job. Your title.
Every time you add one of these factors to consumer or employee expectation, you’ve signed up for a lifetime of providing that benefit. You’ve made it more difficult for the competition to keep up. And you’ve raised the standards for everyone.
They’re important, but their presence doesn’t motivate people. It’s only when they disappear that we think about them.

What are the hygiene factors of belonging to/participating in a church community?

I’m not talking about how clean the building is or the grooming of your fellow parishoners.  I’m wondering what you experience as an essential part of being in a faith community that you don’t notice until it’s gone?

When you’re the “sinner”

In Matthew 18:15 – 20, Jesus’ teaches his followers how to resolve conflict in the church in a way that leads to reconciliation. I often hear people referring to Jesus’ first step when talking about unreconciled conflicts. When someone sins against you, go to them directly and try to work it out. Great advice.

The next steps in Jesus’ process are where I often find people going off the rails.

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