I've been thinking about how it is that ministers serve. I spend most of my time in an office preparing three lessons each week, planning projects, and doing administrative work. I spend a minority of my time with people, maybe 30% of my time. This includes phone calls, meetings over lunch or coffee, or home visitations (mostly with church members, by the way). This is what it takes to "run" a church.
But what if "running" a church is the wrong way of looking at things? What if spending the majority of my time in lesson prep, planning, and administrivia actually prevents me from serving others?
I know the first objection here--preaching and teaching groups is a form of service to them. I guess I agree--in part. But I wonder if this is an excuse we concoct in order to sound righteous while serving and pleasing ourselves? I don't mean to sound too harsh or critical here, but while serving the word to others has its place, it shouldn't be the only way we have real, personal service-oriented contact with members of the congregation.
A second objection I can think of is this: If the ministers led in this way, by serving members of the congregation through personal contact, who would run the church? My answer is this: maybe the question is wrong. Are we ever called in scripture to "run" anything? We're taught to love others, to serve them, to encourage them, and to build them up. We do this through personal contact and service. And in my opinion, evangelism is more likely to lead to conversion through personal contact and service than through public teaching or preaching.
We lead and influence others by serving them. It's that simple.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my points?