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3 things pastors wish people knew about Sunday mornings

1) We have so many things on our mind in getting ready for the service.  We're probably not going to remember details that aren't related to the service that you come and ask us about or inform us of.   It's best to let us know during the week and having a written reminder is even better!  Contrary to some people's popular belief, pastors do work more than one day a week.  :)

2) If you tell us something before the service and it's of a heavy nature, it's not only going to affect us, it's probably going to affect the entire church.  It's hard to focus after a verbal bomb is dropped on you, and while most pastors can hold it together and do relatively well, the point is that the effectiveness of the overall service is at stake. Don't seek us out before service to tell us you are moving across the country or leaving the church or getting divorced.  Don't tell us that you are disgruntled or know someone who is, moments before we get up to lead.  (This is why most pastors hide out right before church!)

3)  We want nothing more than to see you experience the fullness of God in your life.  We've been praying all week about this day.  We have such high hopes.  We have come expecting.  It means the world to us when you do too.

Comments

Excellent article!
Anonymous said…
So much "word" to everything here!!! Being on a pastoral staff has definitely taught me some things about how to be a model church member :o). One thing I would add to pastors: hide out especially well on Sundays when you are going to speak on the Holy Spirit. Just sayin'.

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