Thinking Out Loud

August 22, 2008

Letter from The Pastor

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — paulthinkingoutloud @ 4:48 pm
To the members of our church…

After carefully weighing my options as your pastor, I have decided to devote all of this coming season to attending conferences in various places around the world.

During the past few years there has been an exponential increase in the number of such events, symposiums, conferences, etc. that are available to people in vocational ministry, to the point where there is now one each and every week. To be honest, to continue in effective ministry, I can’t afford to miss a single one.

While this means I will no longer be present in the office, I will continue to provide you with weekly video teaching. The largest and fastest-growing churches in the nation are multi-site congregations, and even in the ones where the pastor is actually in the room, it’s been shown that about 85% of the people are watching the screen anyway. As we move forward into the future, we need to recognize that this is the way preaching takes place across North America.

I thank you for your continued support of our church, and on a personal level, I am grateful for any Air Miles or Frequent Flyer Points you wish to donate.

For those wishing more personal contact, remember I can be reached on Facebook, Twitter, and several other social networking sites that haven’t been invented yet, but please remember that due to the high volume of incoming messages, I may not be able to get back to you as promptly as I would like.

Remember, at our church we care about each and every one of you.

Your Pastor.



  1. I hope you’re not serious…

    Comment by Daryl — August 22, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

  2. Daryl, not serious at all, and also deadly serious. I am really concerned about the number of conferences that are consuming pastors, and also how the content of the conference sessions and seminars is increasingly about areas of “professional interest” and not about areas where “the rubber meets the road” in terms of pastoral responsibilities to parishioners and life in general.

    I’ve touched on this before, but I’m still treading lightly. There are a handful pastors who blog who I enjoy reading, but if any of them were my personal pastor, I’d be rather livid each time they take off for another 3-day junket.

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — August 22, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

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