This post is from the defunct blog “Dying Church”
as a pastor i believed that serving on a committe and being a part of a small group was the least a christian should do. i have come to understand that for many of us, it is the most we can do. we are insanely busy. church is insanely inconvenient. i was paid to have meetings, hold small groups and work evenings. most people have to come home from working 50 or 60 hours a week, get groceries, clean the house, do laundry, make supper, do the dishes and drop in bed. i never realized before how difficult it is to dedicate 2 or 3 nights a week and some weekends as a volunteer at a church. right now i work a part time job, am starting the club, am renoing the house and trying to have a social life. the thought of spending a couple of evenings a week in church activities stresses me out.
I remember John Hull saying he didn't realize how much effort it took just to show up to church until he left pastoring. For a lot of us, a measure of spirituality is how busy we are at church. If you can't keep them godly, keep them busy. I'm glad to see this starting to change.