Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Church Often Gets This Wrong

Yesterday's Bible verse tells us to warn those who are idle, encourage the timid and help the weak.

Unfortunately the church often gets this so wrong - warning the timid and the weak rather than helping and encouraging.

Too often churches mistake reluctance to serve as laziness, when it is really due to fear or shyness.  The church focuses on the people they WANT, rather than the people they HAVE. Instead of encouraging people to use their gifts as part of the body of Christ, people get bent out of shape, like square pegs being squashed into round holes. They focus on what ministries and personalities they want, instead of trusting that God has arranged His church just as He wants it. I've blogged about this before in The Young Adult Body Part.

How about we all realise that not everyone is an outgoing, dynamic leader-type....and that's ok. Some people will step out of their comfort zones....but with encouragement, support and proper training. I think that's why a lot of people are reluctant to serve on committees, as they're aware they're just going to be chucked into an unfamiliar role by someone who's desperate to get out of it, and be expected to swim.  Proper 'handover' takes a lot longer than 30 minutes.

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