I have some good friends who have gone through a change in their ministry lately. They have become a lot more complacent and less willing to risk anything and challenge the status quo. I had been wondering why until I heard that they had been given raises by their churches. All of a sudden courage has been replaced by caution and the desire to be creative has been replaced with the desire to maintain the status quo. The worst part is that it shows to more people than me. Sad and kind of pathetic.
A little harsh, perhaps, but probably a little more true than many of us would like to admit.