This is my last installment for Making Your Ministry Shine, so here's a zinger.
If you want to make your ministry shine, "don't play hooky"! (Says Keith Johnson: "Attend at least one church service each Sunday. It'll do your heart good, too. Attend with your family and sit together. For extra credit, sit together toward the front.")
I'll never forget the day our executive pastor Tom Davis asked me why he hadn't seen me in church. I hummed and hawed and couldn't come up with an answer. I was busy! I was doing ministry! There was so much to get done on a Sunday! Thankfully, he didn't let me off the hook! He challenged me and told me that it wasn't acceptable for me to miss Sunday services just because I was leading the children's ministry.
Oh, and the other thing...it's not okay to be there physically but not mentally and spiritually. It's so easy to sit there and remember things that didn't get done or worry about the new volunteer in the room with the challenging class. Pray...ask God to calm your heart and mind. And then discipline yourself to not sit there and make lists and be absent in heart and mind but present in body. If you need to, jot a note to yourself and then get back to listening for God's voice!
Believe me...people are watching...and they want to see if we value the church as much as we want them to. So don't play hooky! It'll do your heart--and your ministry--good!
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