I’ve heard younger people say they don’t want “programs” in the church, but don’t we need a plan for getting things done?
Strategic planning, setting goals, and establishing a clear vision are all important steps in helping a church grow. Often times, younger people see those things as church bureaucracy because they are not included in behind-the-scenes administration.
My advice is to invite some younger members to take on committee or team responsibilities that help the church function. Remember, they’re the future of the church!
How can I find a prayer partner? I’ve tried a couple of times, and nothing really clicked.
Far too many people have tried to start a prayer partner relationship with someone and have seen it fail because they placed too many demands on it. Start slow. Find a time to meet that works with both of your schedules. Perhaps invite a third person, so if one is absent, you still have an accountability partner.
Pray; don’t gather just to fellowship, discuss current events, complain about life, or tell fishing stories. Make sure your prayer time—however long it is—is worth the investment of time.
The church wants me to attend the Southern Baptist Convention, but count it against my vacation time. Is that fair? (My wife is super steamed.)
Absolutely not! Far too many churches have made that mistake. The Southern Baptist Convention is an early morning to late evening meeting that includes worship, preaching, business, etc. It is far from a vacation, even though it may be in Florida, New Orleans, Dallas, or Phoenix. A church is penalizing a pastor and his family by robbing him of vacation time because he’s attending the convention. If they expect him to be involved in SBC life, they should provide the time off, transportation, lodging, meals, and pulpit supply while he is gone. I agree with your wife!
Pat Pajak is IBSA’s associate executive director for evangelism. Send questions for Pat to IllinoisBaptist@IBSA.org.