Necessary Always Enabled. Support Catholic journalism Subscribe for full web access and weekly magazine. UK and Rest of World. Subscribe here. US residents. US sponsored subscription. Already a member? This is a free article. You have 2 free articles left. In his stead, he appointed someone to teach.
But the person he appointed was a pretty new believer. They stayed, but they suffered.
Who was acting entitled here? My brother attended a church that was trying to raise money for a new building. Every Sunday, the priest spent his entire sermon time asking for money. Guilting people into giving.
In my area, a lot of churches meet in schools. It reduces the overhead, but still provides a reasonable location to meet.
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I go to a large church. For all I know, the study no longer meets, but, without a call, what am I supposed to assume? They picked up my voice message at 2am and forgot? Acting entitled? Or just hurt? Were they ill?
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Had they called the church for help and no one responded? How many times did they call? I think too many times, churches need more office and pastoral staff to ensure the place runs smoothly and no one falls between the cracks. But, instead, they talk about bringing in more church members. What is the church supposed to do with that money?
Care for the pastor, the staff and the building. Then, help needy church members, tithe to ministries, assist missionaries, help the persecuted church, assist pro-life ministries that help girls in their community, etc. And if the church is missing it on this one, they may as well close their doors. I agree that many in the church need to learn what it is to be a servant, however, many of us would serve if leaders would ask. But, we need to remember that mothers are some of the most sleep-deprived, over-worked people on the planet.
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But, do a thorough search of the scriptures. Mentoring is great. It takes time. But, there are people who would love to help. Many seniors feel their life has no meaning. They could be filled with a greater sense of purpose, and younger people who are in grave need of support and guidance could be spared from divorce, falling away, and delivered from addictions.
A couple of churches I attended had great training. They offered seasonal or weekly classes, so they were never lacking volunteers. Others churches express they need help. I prefer to leave the back door open. You want help be helpful. You want people to reach out, reach out with your own arms.
I started to put out a little bit of effort and found a gift is something for which nothing is expected in return. Until the church shopper puts away the poor me mirror the dack door will always need a coat of paint on the inside. Why do the cry babies have to get leprosy before they really get a hold of God??? How about special needs? You would have greater success with a cricket farm than a special needs program.
OH, am I too harsh or are my Sunday shoes deteriorating from exposure to the tears of self centered cry babies? There you go. Good job pastor bennett! You have given and accurate anecdotal example if why people are leaving the church.
Because of crusty old attitudes like that. Of course God should be capitalized. But the writer if that post was obviously using very informal typing techniques. What if I told you I was one of the chosen people of Hebrew heritage and that I was offended that you even wrote the name of Elohim. Would you even get that reference? Just quit being crotchety silly. There you go…. You have given an accurate anecdotal example of why people are leaving the church. Because of young millennial attitudes like that. Of course god should be capitalized.
But the writer of that post may not understand things the way you or I do. What if I told you……that many find it offensive in the church today because people on both sides point their crotchety or millennial little fingers at each other instead of at themselves, and we are sick of watching it.
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Just quit being so super spiritual, and try to have purpose in your life…. See if You can accomplish that. To those making excuses about not capitalizing God when writing. Why would anyone not take the time to capitalize God when they write a comment, or an article or anything? This is not legalistic; no one hates legalism more than I do. This trend of minimizing the name of God for convenience shows an attitude.
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