Bringing the Text to Life
Two old church friends cross paths in a coffee shop one day and catch up. “How’s Second Denominational Church these days?” asks one.
The other responds, “Oh, we don’t attend there anymore. We didn’t like the ____.”
We’ve heard that conversation, haven’t we? That blank can be long enough to catch a ton of grumblings. The worship was too contemporary. The worship was too traditional. We didn’t connect with our small group. The student ministry didn’t do enough events for the kids. They were always asking for our money. We couldn’t ever find seats.
But the really tough one is when the blank is us! So in this, the last of our four-part series on “Why Church?” we’re talking more directly to you, the pastor/preacher/mentor, than perhaps we normally do. But in doing so, we figure we’re also giving you a homiletical framework for you to have a frank conversation about your role as the congregation’s spiritual leader and mentor, how you feel about it and, most importantly, what Scripture says...