So. I suspect you have heard the joke…
GUY: Hey pastor, can you come golfing with us on Tuesday?
PASTOR: Dude, that sounds fun. Let me check my calendar.
GUY: Your calendar? I said, “Tuesday.” I thought you guys only work 1 day a week!!!
CROWD: (erupts in laughter)
It is rather sad that, for the majority, our interaction occurs solely on Sunday. So I understand that when you hear the pastor is taking a four-week study break, you might wonder, “Well, what is he doing the rest of the year?” Allow me to state it clearly upfront, you don’t offend me one bit. But please allow me to explain.
See the first, second, third & fourth parts of my response: The Work Of Ministry Today, The Work Of Preaching Today, The Work Of God Today & The Work Of The Study Break.
The Work Of The Church Member (during a study break)
This is the one that must be a simple chip shot for most of you, or it would appear so, because you do it so often.
Refresh…I am not the only one who should take a little break. Take some time yourself and seek the Lord in a focused a way.
Continue…Continue to show up eager to learn and be fed and serving faithfully week after week as you have always done.
Pray…Pray specifically that God would lead, admonish, direct, exhort, challenge, grow, and teach (and whatever else you would like) me during this season.
I am excited about our church and what God is doing. More importantly, I am thankful for our church and that they recognize it is God who is doing the work and encourage me to get with Him that it might continue.