A lot to learn

As Ned said to me earlier this week, “For all the times we get to slime kids and ride on a segway, we have to do things like this” He was talking about some of the things that you don’t hear about often. (of course it depends on who your pastor is, how often you hear about them).

The negative emails, the interesting phone calls, the people that don’t want to serve, and the people that could care less if you fell off of the face of the earth. It’s the side of ministry that I am just beginning to get accustomed to. I am learning to love difficult people and more than that learn that not everything is always so rosy for everyone.

I definitely couldn’t imagine before I started working in ministry how dejected you will fill after you put your life into something and someone couldn’t stand it for some reason. It is honestly a terrible feeling. But I say all of this in order to encourage and challenge you to do something.

This past week at Adventure Week I got numerous letters from children, thanking Hanz and Franz for the fun times and thanked us for exploding things. We had numerous encouraging emails from first time people, staff members, and parents expressing their thanks. How often do we do this for our staff? For all of the terrible, no-fun emails there should be a number of encouraging ones. I challenge you today, write an encouraging email to a staffer at your church. Tell them how thankful you are for their service.

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