Sometimes, when people tell me they won’t be at church cuz they’re going camping,
I pray for rain.
I have a very small church. When people are gone you can definitely tell. I try not to guilt people into coming to church. I’ve fought very hard to avoid this. I want people to come because they want to be there.
Unfortunately, I know that the only people who are there are the only ones who want to be there.
I understand having to be out of town and going on vacation. I do, I really do. I don’t begrudge people missing a Sunday here and there.
But there’s still this thing in me, this part that is stabbed in the back whenever people miss church. I admit that I take it personally.
I try not to. I can’t tell you how hard I try not to take it personally. I would strongly encourage any pastor out there to not take it personally when people miss.
But in all honesty, I have no idea how not to do that.