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Uphill Battle

May 8, 2008

I can’t imagine anyone being a big fan. Yesterday I had a discussion with a local charitable ministry that receives little money from any church and is on the verge of closing the doors.

My neighbor who isn’t a part of a church was hired by one locally to watch their children. She now goes up during worship on Sunday morning and evening and is paid to watch their children while they worship.

Not that long ago I was told a story about a group of Americans who went to Africa to do some mission work who ended up hiring locals to do the work while they went on a safari. Now I don’t believe that is a true story but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were.

We have conditioned people to be served. We have told them the church is for that purpose and so no one stops to ask if it is a good idea or a good value to teach. People just ask do we have a budget to do that with. If the money exists then get it done. No one seems to stop and ask about the message that is being sent. No one seems to ask if this is a good idea.

Recently I was reading about church plants and do you know what they found about those that are considered successful? They are the one with the most staff at the beginning.

So a ministry to bridge the gap for those in need is closed while we staff up our nursery during worship because everyone is busy worshiping God and can’t help.

How do we show worship to God again?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 8, 2008 4:19 pm

    our consumerist society has reached church. when things aren’t our style…we leave.

    quite sad. makes a ministry job quite difficult. instead of pursuing what God desires there is always the small voice of what the people will like.

  2. nick permalink
    May 9, 2008 2:03 am

    *sigh* It breaks my heart, but I can completely visualize the thought process that would lead to a congregation hiring an outsider for such a task.

    We have to beg, plead, and almost weep to get ladies to sign up to serve the nursery (obviously men cannot serve in such a sacrificial and private way, but that’s a WHOLE DIFFERENT blog).

    I don’t know what the answer is, brother. It is one of those Romans 8:26 things, I think. We must not turn away from it, even though we can’t begin to know what exactly to pray for. We must SEE the brokenness and the suffering, and let the Spirit within us GROAN until it transforms our own lives to the point where we CAN heal what is broken.

    in HIS love,

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