So Pastor, are you happy that your attendance spiked for a few Sunday mornings? Are you satisfied that you got a couple of dozen salvation cards filled out? Does it excite you that triple-your-normal-attendance attended a Christmas musical/cantata/play? While I’m sure it was great and several people gushed over how great it was, the question you need to ask is this…what else could you have done with those resources to impact your community. The very community that is worried, worried, worried.
Perhaps it’s too late to do something this year. Next year will be just as bad, if not worse. While we need to continue to help the current attending Christians to mature in their walk, the need for the church across the nation outside of its walls has never been greater. People are begging for answers…and we have them. In a resource-constrained environment, there isn’t reserve for self-serving actions and events. Too many are worrying about what’s going to happen in 2009 and we have the answer.