Church Complaints and Grace

April 21, 2012 at 10:17 am | Posted in Devotional thoughts, Grace and Faith, Personal Testimony | 1 Comment

The past two weeks have been an emotional ride as far as church ministry is concerned.  There have been numerous complaints voiced to me:  Our church is too old fashioned; too modern; too loud; not loud enough; not evangelistic; not growing; not loving each other enough; and on and on it goes.  Nothing that our elders haven’t heard and talked about before.  Yet at the same time, I have received some of the nicest compliments about ministry.  I realize that is the life of a pastor, even though a pastor often has no control over most of what people complain about.  But when a lot of negative things come at the same time, it can make a guy feel beat up.  I was lying awake thinking about these things the other night and feeling beat up, when I finally decided to get up and read.  I’ve been reading through the Palms of Ascent in my devotions, so I opened to the next one in line, and God encouraged me through the following words in Psalm 123:  “Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us, for we have endured much contempt.  We have endured much ridicule from the proud, much contempt from the arrogant.” (vv3-4 NIV)  Whether the complaints are founded or unfounded, true or false, or one opinion against another, God still offers his mercy.  That’s what I needed to hear that night.  Our elders will continue to pursue our calling as a church and seek to be all God wants us to be, and even where we are wrong, God is merciful.  Amazing grace.

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  1. Dear Pastor Glenn and Elders: Our church, which is God’s Church and the bride of Jesus, is right where it is supposed to be. My deep gratitude to you, church leadership and staff for all you do for all of us and the Kingdom of God! Donna


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