Annual Meeting

I am pastor of a Baptist church. As a result we like to discuss everything. Last Sunday was our annual meeting. Now for those of you who read my posts and are not Baptist will find this…interesting. In fact, many protestant churches have ceased operating in this manner because it does take away from the ministry at times. This kind of church government often slows us down. Fact is the board does a good job of making sure we do the “business” of church and when we contest every little thing we are not really trusting those that lead. (That is for another blog).

But the fact is: we are Baptist and so we bring the church body together to look at the budget. What happens is we usually get sidetracked by little things like: phone bills, copier costs, and do not give thanks for the larger things. Baptisms, growth, global outreach but of course that could just be the preacher whining.

I was really sad on Sunday but then I read something the Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor said. Here goes: “I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe. I know what torment this is, but I can see it, in myself anyway, as the process by which faith is deepened. What people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross.”

Well dear brothers and sisters up we get! Back on the path. Keep me in your prayers as you are in mine. God bless you and may God wrap you in His loving warm arms this day! Amen.

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