Make sure that you don’t get Overstretched

spinning platesI went to visit someone recently who I know is going through a really hard time. We talked and prayed and as I got up to leave they said ‘make sure that you don’t get overstretched’.

This person is actually entitled to say ‘could you come and see me more’ but instead they chose to show concern for me in my busyness.

There are some people who believe that the Minister/Vicar/Priest should care for everyone in the church, but I really hope that most of us are realizing that this model doesn’t work and that it isn’t Biblical.

There are 57 New Testament references to ‘one anothering’ eg love one another, encourage one another etc. In contrast, how many Bible references are there to paid leaders having to minister to everyone by themselves? Answers on a postcard or in the comments box below please?

God has made his Church to be a place where people care for and encourage each other, it was never intended to be a place where a select few get worn out looking after everyone else.

If you are a part of a church community, how do you approach it? Are you there as a customer to be served or as a team member ready to help build the church family up?

Let’s make sure that we don’t become overstretched!

If you want to think about this some more, then you might like to read, ‘Time to slow down? You’re not superman you know!

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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One Response to Make sure that you don’t get Overstretched

  1. Pingback: How do you keep left and then stay in the right hand lane??? | Honest about my faith

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