This might seem like a silly question, but do you return phone calls? If so, how long does it take to call someone back. A number of years ago in my Doctor of Ministry seminar, Danny Akin, told us his policy about returning phone calls. Akin, now president of Southeastern Baptist Seminary shared that we need to return every phone call as pastors.
At that time, I thought it was a little too much. But since then I have come to find out that has been valuable advice. Returning calls in a timely manner is a healthy habit to develop. If you can return calls within 24 hours that is best. If not, do it as soon as you can.
Why return calls? It keeps people from getting frustrated with you. To this day, I find there are still pastors who will not return my calls. I pray they change their ways. Why return telemarketer calls if they leave a message? One reason is that if you return a call you can let them know you are not interested and be removed from the list.
If you are returning your calls, I affirm you. If you are a person who does not and you are reading this blog, I strongly encourage you to start. It may seem like a small change but remember that small changes can have great impact.