(I am away on a vacation/study break during the month of July. The posts that appear during the month are from the archives.)
I’ll admit it.
I like ministers.
Well, at least most of them. Yes, some of them (us?) can be difficult to like. There are some ministers who behave unethically and even immorally. Some do not treat their congregations right.
Yet, It also concerns me when I hear the stories of how poorly some ministers and their families are treated. In fact, in some instances, it is downright shameful! I am thinking about good men and women who are treated thoughtlessly.
Many times, we just don’t think. We don’t think about these men and women who would be encouraged greatly by being asked some good questions by elders and/or others in the congregation.
The follow are questions that some ministers are never asked:
1. How are you really doing? (Some people are rarely if ever asked how they are really doing.)
2. Is there anything we could do as a church that would bring more joy to your life?
3. What could we (elders/staff ministers/key people) do that might bring greater satisfaction to you in your ministry?
4. Is your salary sufficient? Are we, as a church, providing for your financial needs adequately?
5. Do you feel like this is a good place for your spouse and children?