Seekers at first glance

I’ve been thinking a lot about seekers recently. (People who are interested in a particular group or tradition.)

I’ve done a lot of teaching of my tradition’s introductory classes, and I answered the group email for over 4 years, which gives you quite a bit of experience (as well as hanging out in various discussion fora online.) I want to do a series of posts on things I tend to pay attention to in Seekers: I’m going to talk briefly about them here, and then expand on each in a longer post (with some examples and ideas about them.)

Initial impressions:

There are four things I’ve found that tend to catch my eye and make me excited about getting to know a prospective seeker better:

  • Courtesy.
  • Perspective.
  • Responsibility and follow-through.
  • Attention to details.

These four all can be shown – in smaller and larger ways – through initial email contacts, meetings, etc. They don’t require any previous knowledge of Paganism or any subset of it, and they don’t require any other particular kind of education, background, or experience. (Courtesy is perhaps the exception, but as you’ll see when I get to the explanation, it’s not what you might think.)

Later experiences:

Once I get to know them a little bit, there are a few more things that make me interested in long-term work with someone.

  • Open to learning (on their own and in a group setting)
  • Self-aware and mature in their seeking.
  • Willing to participate.
  • Low drama.

Want some examples?

Check out the following posts about my basic four preferences.

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