In the movie, The American President, Michael Douglas plays the role of a widowed President who falls in love with a lobbyist. A classic 90's romantic comedy, the opening scene is of President Shepherd walking through the White House portico, from the residence to the Oval Office, which is personal aide by his side. It's Monday morning and the previous night, he had given a speech. In an impromptu move, he skips an entire section. Enter, the personal aide's comment, that the speechwriter would like to talk to him before the day begins.
In the quick and brilliant writing that is Aaron Sorkin, President Shepherd replies,
"Well, it wouldn't be Monday morning if Lewis wasn't concerned about something I did Sunday night."
Of course, when Lewis sees the President, his first words are his frustration about dumping an entire paragraph. The President simply quips in reply, "And Monday morning it is."
Isn't church, much the same way?
We know how much disagreement can arise between staff and leadership, in any organization, but we are foolish to think it doesn't happen in churches. And not just from the staff. Congregations are often quick to speak on matters and areas of concern or question; whether regarding decisions or conversations, ministry or direction; a sermon... or any other of the 100's of situations that arise in any given week.
Leadership requires thick skin and a church will quickly find itself in trouble if the pastor is a "push-over." It's not matters of any degree of difficulty shouldn't be handle with care and compassion, but if decisions are always being made by the shifting directions of some people's frustrations, then eventually everyone will be frustrated with the leader who can't or won't cast vision and stand by the courage of his or her convictions; let alone the decisions they make.
All the more reason, to #pray4pastors.
On, this #seniorPastorMonday the 13th, pray for pastors in the decisions they face, both at home and in ministry. For those in challenging positions, where wisdom is lacking, pray a super-natural indwelling of the Holy Spirit to bring illumination to their hearts and minds. May they ask of God, who gives generously. Pray for those within the church, and staff, who are having difficulty expression areas of concern with tact and gracce. May their be a wisdom on their part as well, to know when to speak up and how; that God would grant discernment as to the process of trusting versus questioning leadership. Pray emotions would not dominate these times, but that God would be glorified, as the church reflects Christ at all times and moves forward in the plans and purposes God has ordained from them to accomplish.
May clear direction
Lead to sound decisions.
That the people of God would move in unity.
That the work of ministry may go forth.
In confidence. With competence.
For the glory of God.
And as is later stated in the movie, "politics is perception"
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