My only Sunday takeaway for today is that I strongly dislike meetings. I’m what some people would call an “empath.” My counselor tells me I’m a “perceiver.” Whatever you call it, I’m very sensitive to what is going on around me. I feel the emotions in the room, not only feel them but absorb them. I’m aware of everything happening in the room. Gatherings with lots of people can be very draining for me. Somedays going to church and Sunday school is a lot for me. Add in the annual meeting which is the longest member meeting of the year and I’m so done.
Meetings themselves are fraught with tension as you have differing opinions, thoughts and ideas all in one room. Deciding budget and how the church runs for the year with everyone having a say can be a lot. Luckily, this year’s did not hold any hot button topics and we were able to run through everything pretty quickly, still. I did not get home until 2:15. Ufda.
These meetings are important though for the church to run not only financially but also spiritually. We not only decided on the church’s budget for the year but also who was going to serve in what positions for the next few years. Our sermon this morning was on the importance of church membership and how membership is not something invented to make people do jobs in the church but is actually biblical. Even the first church had to delegate responsibilities and decide on how to disperse funds.
I was not brought up in a church that focused on membership too much so I’ve always underestimated the importance of it. (We have had the experience of being asked when we were going to become members so we could teach Sunday School.) Membership is a lot like baptism, it declares your faith. When we become believers, we are immediately part of the body of Christ. We need to take our place in a local church and become a part of the local body. As pastor is very fond of saying, we need to be a part of the local body to care ad serve one another as Christ commanded us to do.
So, it’s important for me to attend these meetings, especially as I am in a leadership position of the church, i think I’m just feeling meeting burn out. We have started a building committee at the library to look at finishing the lower level of the building. It’s on the 2nd Monday night of the month, regular library board meetings are the 3rd Monday of the month and then I have church leadership meeting on the 4th Monday of the month. Ufda. But in our town, Monday night is just kind of meeting night so it’s what we do.