I’m tired of big monster churches, leaders and organizations not caring about the small and insignificant.
It’s everywhere. This conference has been going on in the States for the last few years. It’s called Q. It’s a play off the TED conferences, and generally I think it’s a good idea (we may or may not have something up our sleeve that is in similar taste). Except, I’m annoyed because it is invite only. I’m annoyed because from what I can tell it costs $625 to attend (Last year was $825 after early bird deadline). I’m annoyed because only the “remarkable leaders” will be there. There is so many things that annoy me about this type of idea that I want to get out of conference organizing all together.
When will we remember Jesus’ words that it’s the unremarkable that inherit the kingdom of God? Why are we so obsessed with these seemingly Christianity gurus who we have entrusted to “collaborate around the biggest questions facing the church today.” Give me a break. I hope they can save us and figure out what we are doing wrong.
Here is another reason I’m annoyed.
A few friends I know, who really truly care about the church, can barely pay the bills because they would rather be the church that they believe in than work for a church they sort of care about. To make matters worse. Big churches have no problem swooping in and preying on them while they make small steps with their communities to pluck them up into a more corporate, bigger expression. Why is it that those that actually care about being the church can’t afford to be and those that care more about their own livelihood end up hogging it all to themselves? Where are the folks that are blessed with good pay cheques to step up and give some of it away to those that need it? Where is the pastor who makes over $70k a year who is willing to give some of his salary to a struggling pastor of a smaller community in the same city?
For once I would love to see a big church that sacrifices itself for the small church. For once I’d love to see a powerful pastor sacrifice himself for a no-name one. For once I’d love to see a big church who is concerned with more than just spreading their brand.
I’m also annoyed because a man, easily over 70, told me to get off the fuckin sidewalk on Saturday when I was riding up on the sidewalk to park my e-bike. Him being annoyed at me, made me annoyed at him and we got in a little yelling match. I really didn’t do my part to break the cycle of being pissed off, I just got more pissed off at him and we had our words back and forth. Looks like I ruined his entire day because I used the sidewalk to get to my parking spot, and he ruined mine because I couldn’t be patient enough to not get pissed off at him. So I guess I’m more annoyed at myself. Dumb old cranky people.
I’m done being annoyed now. I’m over it all. Just needed to get that out.