Many weeks ago a little boy stood in front of the congregation. Microphone in hand and decried, “I’M TIRED OF THIS CHURCH” With loud gasps people were shocked the young man said such a thing. Reality he said what so many of us are thinking. This piece is not an indictment on any person (s) but moreso the body as a whole.
THE MIDDLE PASSAGE
At first, I must admit, I laughed thinking, “oh he is in big trouble ” then I thought, “why”. Why is he making this statement? What is going through his mind. Do they call him to dance or sing or recite so much that he is just plain tired? I’m tired of this church too son.
So often we are called into the deep of ministry. We give tirelessly. We use the effective gifts week in and week out. We sometimes pump and prime those who have already been tired of the church. The church has become the place of feel good words where early Sunday morning, He got up with all power. But the guise is the soul has not been fed. The psycho-social charismatic idea that church has become a playground of external bullying into submission- I’m tired of this church. Knowing, we in ministry, can’t pour out when our own spirit is broken. Broken by the miscarriages of all things just. Broken in so many spaces, we hide in front of the veil, committing spiritual suicide.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”.
IN My Thoughts
The church is a powerful purveyor of ministry damage. Churches have transformed into dysfunctional organizations that eat their young and kill the spirit of the wounded.
Dale Wolery stated, “churches are hooked on the powerful god of numeric growth, choked on the we-have-always-done-it-this-way poison, mesmerized by celebrity-status leadership, bound by the business model, and therefore blinded by collective denial. These approaches grind relentlessly on ministry marriages. Without forethought or malice, churches just do what churches do”
To discover the Lord’s reconstructive work in the tired ministry we must look deeper than most in the current church are willing. One must understand the sources of the widespread damage and propose real life solutions, that seek to unify instead of beating the same soundless drums.
God can Heal.
But the tired church has lost its ability to divert board and other leadership groups from the priority of business agendas to the priority of praying God’s desires.
Lay person’s speak words of encouragement to someone who’s ready to quit and are tired. Embody the presence of the Lord … and watch what God will do!
It is next to impossible to take a glimpse of God’s grace, and it’s equally impossible to predict who God may use to extend that grace to us. Ask yourself am I apart of the problem or solution of being tired in the church? God may be using you to change a story forever.