R UR CHURCH LEADERS OUTTA CONTROL (about your ministry)?
Fourth of a five part series. This one?? Church leaders who oversee the youth ministry.? Does any of this sound all too familiar?
1) Instead of heading out for coffee after a church council meeting, u head straight for the Pepto.
2) Church bylaws are quoted more often than Scripture.
3) You get a phone call from the pastor and his/her first words sound like that famous line from Apollo 13, “Houston, we have a problem.”
4)? U keep a set of empty uhaul boxes in ur office just in case.?
5) Does the phrase “torch wielding villagers” mean anything to u? (Yes, I carried this over from the “parents” list. Still fits. Sad.)
What to do?
Pray. Ignore the negative stuff (politely) except for the direct leaders? u report to.? Be accused of over-communicating. Pray some more. Know the bylaws, but use Scripture instead – its hard to shoot the Word? down. Come to meetings rested and fed. Don’t negotiate with terrorists (the leaders who threaten you). Don’t be afraid to apologize. Don’t throw other people under the bus.? ?
My #1 piece of advice? When u have one of those days, get out ur box of cards/letters/notes from people who DO like you, think ur doing God’s work? and read urself right back into joy.
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