I should not preach more often

The last time New Year’s Day fell on a Sunday, it was an off day. I preached to less than ten people that morning. To make it worse, a delegate from the search committee from a larger church attended that morning to check me out. I talked to him later and he said, “The morning wasn’t a complete waste, because I found a good donut shop after church.”

One day I’m going to write a book for search committees on what not to say to pastors. I have stories.

As a result of that last experience, I was a little concerned about how things would turn out today. While everyone else was obsessing over Christmas Sunday, I was wondering if anyone would turn up for church this morning.

They did. We sat in a big circle, sang a few songs, and then I asked a question: “How has God been good to you this past year?” Then I threw open the floor. It was, I think, one of the most encouraging gatherings we’ve had in a long time.

To top it off, after the service two people asked if they could be baptized.

A nice way to start the year.


Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash

I'm a grateful husband, father, oupa, and pastor of Grace Fellowship Church Don Mills. I love learning, writing, and encouraging. I'm on a lifelong quest to become a humble, gracious old man.
Toronto, Canada