I know that I have not posted in a while, other than just lately. It has been a struggle.
I have been the feeling the odd man out for a while now at church. I taught through the Matt Chandler series on Philippians, and thought that went well. But when it comes to what we teach in other areas or what we do in response to the Gospel, I feel alone.
At our recent elder's retreat, there was no vision casting (although that was the supposed purpose). There was little prayer (although the minister did notice that one the last day, and said it was okay, because we were doing God's work).
Can you do God's work without prayer?
A year ago I was asked to evaluate the Student Minister. Today I was taken to task because I was not completely positive in my efforts.
After much discussion with my wife and prayer, we decided to make a move. I do not believe that this decision was made in haste, and we have had many confirmations along the way that we have made the best choice. However, it is not easy as it seems. Finding a good, Gospel preaching church is a challenge.
We have visited a few churches. The first just seemed dead. The second was better, but the messages were lame, lots of opinion and little Scripture. We tried a few more Sundays, but it only confirmed our first impression. I miss not having a church family.
It has been over a month now since we have been to our former church. I resigned as an elder and went to the last meeting so they could ask me any questions about my decision. They didn't.
I have gotten an e-mail from the church's new Executive Director and one from the Minister. I have had one phone call from a friend in our Sunday School class. I have ran into a few folks and they have said that they have missed seeing us.
So I wonder, have I not had a church family for a while and just didn't know it?