As I sit in my normal place of writing this morning, my mind is rushing through the multiplicity of church services, activities, Bible studies, dinners, fellowships, trips, meetings, and other events that are on the church calendar.
Here is an honest question: Can all the activities in and connected to the church actually hurt families?
I’ve been on both sides of this. I have been the church member trying to do everything that is “expected” at church while not dropping anything from the juggling act of a busy life.
I am now a pastor wrestling with how much is too much—not wanting to upset people by eliminating their favorite program, activity, service, or ministry, but also not wanting to see families stretched too thin—driven to the point of spiritual burnout and church abandonment.
How do churches offer what Christians need, as presented in Scripture, without the calendar of events becoming a point of stress, burnout, and frustration for families?
The Solutions- What We Must Realize
1- What people sometimes expect may not be what is needed.
2- If you lose the family, you lose the church.
3- Our purpose as a church, as defined by Scripture, should drive our calendars.
4- Activity does not always equal productivity.
5- We need to do less. It’s not really as simple as it sounds, at least not in my context, but I think it is needed.
6- Constantly being at the church building does not necessarily mean the church family is really living in community.
7- It is possible for a church to ‘activity’ and ‘program’ itself to death.
My heart breaks for families that are at a place of spiritual burnout.
Perhaps our lives should be less invested in church events and more invested in the people of the church.
Perhaps in making church events less a part of our schedules we will in reality be making the Church more a part of our lives.