I can’t count the number of times I’ve visited a church, liked the people, liked the worship, liked the preaching and found out after about a month or two that there was simply NOTHING to do there. I’m not saying it was boring. I’m one of those guys who likes to dig in, roll up his sleeves and work! Add to that the fact that I sing, teach and preach. I don’t want to warm a pew. A certain measure of the Gospel has been laid to my account. Likewise my talents indicate that God has given me something He wants done BY ME.
Yet I go to some churches and literally everything there might be to do is being done by the local Special People Cult. Call them the core group or the ministry team or just the pastor’s friends and family. What ever you call them, their slogan is Us Four and No More. Oh, they welcome new members, especially because they need someone to minister to! Too often these churches find themselves suffering from Too many chiefs not enough indians syndrome because, well, most folks below the age of fifty [and many above that age] don’t just want to warm the bench. They want to get involved. They want to do something. Anything.
And not just within a church service. I’m not just talking about preaching, singing and taking up the offering. Some of us just want to help out with visitation or the church rummage sale for crying out loud.
We all have a place and a ministry, according to the Bible. Churches like this remind me that my place is someplace else.
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