What the everyday view from those in the pews might look like, and how to minister to them.
I love my work. I get to build churches. Over the years I’ve become aware of just how different church environments are from any other work environment.
Lately, it seems churches have become really good at developing high-quality work environments. In fact, some of you are working in your city’s “best places to work.”
For the rest of us, things might be a little bit different.
Here are 6 Things Pastors Forget About the Rest of Us:
1. We’re Fat.
58 million overweight; 40 million obese; 3 million morbidly obese.
Eight out of 10 over-25s overweight.
When we wake up in the morning, we don’t see what God created. We see something less than … and we’re using a scale with a number on it to quantify our real worth.
The obesity cycle looks just like the cycle of sin. See something, take something, hide and repeat.
If we don’t feel good about what we see in the mirror, how likely are we to share with others the One who created what we see in the mirror?
2. We’re In Debt.
More than 40 percent of U.S. families spend more than they earn.
Americans carry, on average, $8,400 in credit card debt.
The solution to this problem isn’t talking less about money … it’s talking more about how freedom feels when you treat your money the way God instructed us. If you teach on this with our best interest in mind, you can’t lose.
3. We Hate Our Jobs.
Employee surveys show that more than 65 percent of workers are not satisfied with their job.
These numbers are consistent over a wide variety of professions, and the studies were performed with massive amounts of people to validate the results. Most people don’t ever get the opportunity to know their work changed eternity for someone.