The tough one . . .

So tonight I had the opportunity to watch an episode of this seasons survivor. And it made me think, as most things I watch and read do. Here is the thought that is triggered, and something that we need to take to heart as church workers. Why is it that church politics looks a lot like an episode of Survivor? Teams of people scheming against each other, trying to get everything they can for themselves and their own? Shouldn’t a church look more like Acts 2? “46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Isn’t that what a church leadership team should look like? It should reflect what is their congregations should look like . . . closeness, fellowship, loving sincerity, which would mean, yes, there would be tough words spoken when need be, but there would also be encouragement and a willingness to help the others sharing in the ministry of that church to succeed.
I have had the privilege to be hired at a church that is lacking in typical church politics. It may be a small church, but there is sincerity and love, and grace and acceptance and a willingness to be there for each other when the time comes. I can always count on my Sr. Pastor or my elders to tell me when I’ve messed up, and be honest about the encouragement as well. So pastors and church workers . . . think the next time you horde for yourself or are unwilling to help out to let one succeed . . . so here’s to you Pastor.


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