Consider this official. I am issuing an apology to every member of every church that I have served over the last 20+ years. ...
... But this Sunday Sabbatical has also illustrated some things to me, particularly now that I am working a 9-to-5 (or, more like 7-to-6) day. Honestly, I’ve never had a real job before, one that occupied a truly specific time slot and required a very specific and demanding schedule. Yes, church work is intense, but the one perk is that it usually has a great deal of flexibility in the day-to-day operations.
I actually think that every pastor needs a season of the workaday world, as it would benefit both the leader and the led. It is amazing how much can be learned by living in the same mode as the people to whom you are called to minister. Here are a few that I’ve picked up: ...
Getting up for church is hard
Yes, It’s okay to attend church where your children want to go
A Sunday off is not a damnable offense
Meaningful relationships are much better motivators than guilt