Under Pressure

Today I got to use a pressure washer for the first time in my life.  Other than the wet socks and shoes (next time I’ll wear boots) it’s somewhat therapeutic.

In ministry, we spend a lot of time under pressure.  It could be from project deadlines, sermons to write, people to meet, conflicts to address . . . so many things.  The unacknowledged person who bears a lot of that pressure sometimes is our spouses.

Most ministry wifes are involved in some capacity in the church.  They either lead a ministry or are heavily involved in one.  But their hardest job is in keeping their family on track when ministry life gets crazy.  Ask any spouse and they will tell you–at times they feel like they’re married to their husband and to the church.  I know I couldn’t keep things together without Beth.

My wife is absolutely awesome.  She has supported me and our family through crazy ministry life.  We’ve worked with children at a group home, moved to Florida for ministry away from family, and now we work with a new, mobile church.  My wife has been with me and supported me through some difficult ministry environments.

As tough as ministry can be, imagine how much more pressure a senior pastor and his family are under.  (There was a great session on this at Unleash 08)  For those of you at Life, Kevin’s wife Hannah deserves so much credit.  It’s good to let her know that you support her from time to time.

Working in ministry is awesome and rewarding and I wouldn’t do anything else.  But I couldn’t do it without my wife at my side, and I’m sure Kevin would say the same.  So serious props to them and all other spouses out there who are keeping it together and holding us together.


Cheap Church

I had a crazy experience last night at a local Pizza Hut. We were picking up an order, and every single person in front of me had something that was done wrong or they were overcharged. One person was even told that their pizzas had been given to the wrong person, and they would have to wait again. It took them five minutes to find my order, but they did eventually find it.

The entire time, the “manager” did not take control; in fact he and the checkout girl complained loudly about the other customers who had left, and how none of it was their fault. Now I’m not picking on Pizza Hut. This is the same more and more to me at every place considered fast food. I feel like I’m treated nowadays like I don’t need good service since I’m not paying much for the food.

  • This whole problem could have been fixed by a leader who did what needed to be done. Leadership is important!
  • Are we tempted sometimes in our ministry to think a problem “isn’t that big a deal?” Or maybe we blame someone else instead of taking ownership of the problem. How often do we turn people off because we aren’t willing to give our ministry high value?
  • These employees didn’t see the value of experience, even at a fast food place. I eat less and less fast food now because it’s just unpleasant.
  • Experience is extremely important. People will not come back if the experience is unpleasant.
  • I may be pointing out the obvious, but we want people to come back.
  • Do we ever make our ministry about us instead of the people we should be serving? The church is not about the insiders, it should be about the “outsiders.”