felt like you were swimming upstream while people were flying by you on the downstream? And they were happy and you were not? But you wanted to get to a place that can only be gotten to by going against the flow?
Well, that is how I feel at church lately. It feels like everything that I think is important to achieve is not important at all to the rest of the church. The entire focus is on growth in numbers, not people. By that, I mean the focus of the leadership. I too want to reach more people, but in a way that is meaningful and lasting. Statistics are always interesting in the way that they are used. Did you know that our church had the largest single day offering in it’s history last week? Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, let’s put that into perspective. Did you know that the offering was only a couple of hundred dollars above last years, before the move? Do you realize that we now have more than double the number of people attending church on Sundays then we did last year? Are we really reaching people or are we just the fad church of the day in our little community?
Swimming upstream is tiring. I noted to SU that I no longer have stress at work (great job) but have replaced it with stress at church. Where is that respite from the world? I only find it on Sunday mornings, in class. Before and after, it isn’t so good. Late.