My daughters misplaced the remote to their DVD player yesterday... which happens to be the same remote for my DVD player. So, the wife and I ended up falling asleep to You've Got Mail (as it automatically plays, without going to the menu first) Then this morning, as I woke up early and couldn't fall back asleep, I started it again.
We arrive at the scene for Joe Fox arrives at the café, when he finds out he's about to meet his competition in business, Kathleen Kelly. When he finally decided to step in to the cafe, of course, Kathleen having no idea How knows his competitor is the woman he has been chatting with online, the conversation is tough. And Kathleen, the next morning, discusses the outcome.
As Joe Fox states it, when Kathleen later asks, unknowingly where he was, he says that she expected a friend to arrive and met her enemy instead.
Thus, I was reminded once again, the challenge and frustration... the breakdown that exists after the failure of a senior pastor. The environment changes, trust is broken and the conversation is disconcerting. We haven't talked about the roles reversing. Associates are just as prone to struggles and failures, placing senior pastors and church leadership in just as difficult a place.
Relationships in ministry are difficult. Oftentimes they have a greater element of friendship to them than a normal workplace environment. So when difficulty arises and the conversation gets overtly challenging, things can get shaky.
So, pray, this #associatePastorTuesday for relationships among church leaders. May difficulty not derail or destroy the friendships that exist. Pray also, that failures would not hinder the work of the ministry and the impact the church endeavors to make upon their community. Pray a grace and a wisdom over conversations... as differences are worked out and problems solved, may God be glorified and honored in how such delicate matters are handled. May their be a strengthening of their resolve; that nothing would stand in their way of fulfilling the calling and purposes that God has placed before them.
May they be found faithful servants,
Stewards of their calling.
Anointed to serve.
For the cause of Jesus Christ
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