I have so many thoughts about this. It bugs me beyond words when I hear church leaders say people are "apathetic." NO THEY'RE NOT! The people rightly care more about their own callings & too many pastors want them to care more about the pastor's calling. christianitytoday.com/news/2022/janu…
A pastor's effort should not be to convince more people to give more time & treasure to the pastor's ministry activity. It should be to shepherd people to live with God in the places & vocations he's called THEM to in the world.
The problem isn't that people are apathetic about what church leaders are called to do. It's that church leaders are too often apathetic about what God has called his people to do Monday thru Saturday. Get outside the church, pastor. Genuinely seek to understand the lives...
...& vocations of your people. Seek to equip them for the works of service they are called to in the world (Eph 4:12). It will transform you & your people & you'll discover they are not suffering from apathy; it's pastors who are suffering from myopia.
Few will admit it, but too many pastors believe their calling matters more than others'. I know, I was a pastor & I had this same delusional arrogance. I tried to convince non-pastors to abandon their callings in order to do more activities that looked like my calling...
...all in the name of "mission" or "purpose" or "significance." But I gave little thought to the value of what God had called them to do 40+hrs each week. & I had little vision for the true scope of God's redemption of "all things" (1 Cor 15). I ministered as if God only cared...
...about the institutional church. I preached "In the beginning, God created the heavens & earth" but I pastored as if "God then retired into full-time ministry." If this is the vision church leaders have, it's no wonder we give so little energy to what happens beyond the church
It wasn't always this way. In the past, most pastors spent the week outside the church ministering to the sheep where they were—homes, hospitals, fields, factories, prisons & schools. Today, we've reversed that. Pastors stay inside the church & people must come to them for care.
This professionalization of pastoring means few pastors really know what life looks like for their people outside church walls. Few know the dignity & difficulty of vocations of their sheep & therefore few know how to truly minister & equip them. What they see are passive, tired
people on Sunday morning reluctant to sign up for yet another commitment or another church program & interpret this as "apathy." It's not apathy. It's exhaustion. & rather than alleviating this burden, too many churches make it worse. Rather than offering rest for the sheep...
...too many churches want to extract more work from them in order to validate the pastor's calling by growing the church or expanding its influence. Pastor, spend 1yr outside your office with the sheep & then tell me if they're "apathetic." If you still think so, I'll repent.

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