Keep in mind, I think I’ve seen and heard it all.
Then out of nowhere, I watch these loving brothers and sisters of mine called the Church end up arguing over something completely short-sighted. I’ve been on the receiving end of it, as well as stuck in the middle of it – whether I was a youth worker, staff member or lead pastor. It happens in churches of varying sizes, demographics and more.
For all of our efforts to put vision statements on walls and catch phrases on t-shirts, some days we don’t keep the Main Thing the main thing.
Maybe that’s why when I saw this picture, I realized how much I identified with it.
You probably think you’ve seen and heard it all, too. Maybe that’s why it hurts that much more when something goes south and chaos happens:
- A volunteer/peer in ministry says something that makes you look foolish
- A parent tells you that their kid won’t go on a trip if/unless another kid is going.
- A service project becomes about how it makes us feel versus how it makes others/Jesus feel.
- A building project becomes less about ministry and more about the carpet/decor.
Take your pick. Think of some more.
I’d like to learn from you on this, especially since one of my roles as a senior pastor is trying to help us stay focused on what’s most important.
What are the things you have found yourself getting into dumb arguments about in your church?
What do you wish your senior pastor would do (or would have done) differently to help things?