In my very first year of ministry I remember sitting in a small group of pastors and one of them made the statement, “I’ve never served a church where I would want to worship.” Wow, years later I still remember this comment and am still blown away by the impact and power of it. Yes, I say power regarding what I consider a very negative comment because our thoughts have power over our lives. I am reminded of the scripture, Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23 NLT) As leaders in the church, our personal views and what comes from our heart not only impacts our lives, but also the lives of our congregations. We are leaders and the scriptures also remind us that we will be judged by a higher standard because we are called to serve way beyond ourselves. This one statement and my pondering it over the last two decades have led me to watch several ideas that can so easily flow out of my heart.
How we feel about our churches is a choice we make. What will you choose?