Years ago I was on the phone with a parishioner. She was in charge of the prayer chain. In asking about a recent request she said, “I like to pray for specifics.” From knowing her well- interpretation- “I’m nosy.”
You’ve heard it before. The church world has their own definitions:
“Concerns” = Gossip
“What I Think” = Manipulation
“Feedback” = Insults
Our culture has taken evaluation way too far. From reviews on Amazon to comments on blogs to customer service experiences- we live in an evaluation society.
Please church, stop bringing that mentality into the church.
Trust me- your Pastor has already received too much feedback/evaluation than any one person can handle.
The multiple preaching classes in college provided this by a professor and peers.
The first congregation did this with an abundance because this was a “young pastor and he needs are help. “
Any concerns you have- your pastor has already heard- and then some.
Your job is NOT to evaluate your pastor.
Your job is to attend church and listen for the message God may want to teach you.
Your pastor will
lose your attention, confuse you,
make you wonder if you need a better one.
Regardless, you still will
get a message from Gods word,
be prayed for,
all of this by someone doing their best to obey a difficult call in a hostile world.
What if your Pastor provided the same feedback to you- evaluating you as a church member?
Pastors, I know, eventually feedback gets old. My advice- ignore it. You serve God, not them.
Congregant- offer your pastor encouragement and support, they’ve had enough “feedback.”
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.”
- Hebrews 13:17
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