aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Snapshot of pastoral ministry

Amid increasingly challenging circumstances, EFUMC has done pretty well, but we're beginning to scrape the bottom now and then. This has rattled some people. That could be healthy, or it could be very counter-productive.

Basically, if people are stirred to invest themselves in their church and bring others to it as something they love, then the challenging circumstances will function as a spur to their devotion. If people panic and start looking for simple solutions -- meaning, ones that will work automatically or which will postpone the great and evil day -- then things will get worse before they get better.

I think there is every reason to be hopeful, but it is certainly very stressful. All I can do is speak the truth and love the people. God will take care of the rest.

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