That happened back in 1990 (or so). Our mom made us go down to the Sears portrait studio. I’m pretty sure we got into a fight shortly before the sitting, but dang it, we were going to look like loving brothers whether we liked it or not!
For the last four weeks, I haven’t worked at the church or my business. In fact, I haven’t answered my phone or returned any emails. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done because I’ve spent the last three quarters of my life training my mind and body to do one thing; work. After all, I’m from the Midwest and the highest compliment a man can earn here is “He’s a hard worker!”
It was like trying to stop a train whose breaks had become stiff and rusty from never being used.
Before the sabbatical, I was compulsively working, checking emails, doing “one small thing” after another until I found myself horribly burned out, but unable to stop moving long enough to recharge and rest.
The last few weeks have been incredibly eye opening and I just wanted to share a couple of things I learned from it.READ MORE
My wife was listening to a podcast that claimed 3,500 people leave the church every month. I was really intrigued by that, so yesterday I sent out the following tweet/Facebook post to see what people would say:
I have to admit, I was really surprised at the passion this simple question stirred up. Some people were pretty hard on the church, while others felt church-goers just weren’t very committed these days. Some believed that the spiritual experience was lifeless, others that the Bible wasn’t being preached properly, and others that the church had lost cultural relevance.
One thing that really stood out to me was the pain that many people endured from the church. People felt judged, didn’t experience genuine community, felt misunderstood, were gossiped about, felt condemned, oppressed, and unappreciated. One person even claimed they felt some of these things from the church that I pastor. Ouch!
In this post I’m going to try to answer the question myself, but I feel the need to clarify a few things about the church.READ MORE