133 A Song of Ascents. Of David.
Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
I may be in for a horrible rude awakening if ever the Lord blesses me to lead a congregation. I have heard that the sinfulness of humanity, even those in the Church, is best exemplified in the event called the “Annual General Meeting”, with acrimony present between various factions of the Church with people wishing to eliminate other factions, and fights about the pastor’s salary and benefits taking up hours of heated debate.
That has not been my experience.
Perhaps God has been protecting me, and maybe I’ve just been not seeing things that are there, but I just got back from the annual meeting of the local church I’m privileged to be a member of, and I gotta say, I enjoyed (yes, enjoyed) it. Sure, it had the normal sets of discussions about what is actually happening with the finances of the Church, and some parliamentary discussion about whether a motion had to be filed two weeks in advance for a specific order of business. Yet it also had the voting in of new members, and gentle ribbing between friends about their roles in the Church. It had friendships and discussions before and after, and learning, and vision. we heard about God’s ultimate plan for His Church, and God’s ability to use us to reach our city.
Afterwards, I even had to tell someone I was giving a ride to that I had to go so I could get home and write this before midnight because he was engrossed in a conversation about the way God calls us to teach our children about His deeds and His character.
Maybe it’s just that I love my Church, but an annual general business meeting of a Church can be a beautiful thing. To you, my readers, facing AGMs that may not be so blessed, may I say a few things:
- I’m praying for y’all. Seriously, I hope an AGM can be a blessing to you.
- I pray you actually go, not looking to pick a fight, but looking to vision about God’s call on you and your church for the coming year, and to see your family again.
- When your AGM isn’t as good as it could be, I pray all y’all (can a U.S. southerner tell me if I used that correctly?) pray and work this coming year to build relationships with your fellow Church members that can make sure next year is a blessing to everybody.
God bless! Soli Deo Gloria!