I fell into conversation yesterday with a friend of a friend, who began by asking me what church I went to, which precipitated a long debate about, among other things, full-time Christian work.
I’ve done it, and I was left with this impression: being a Christian whilst working for a church is like doing the long jump on the moon. The gravity is different. You go further and higher, but only in a rarified atmosphere, in a silly suit.
I said I’d rather see nobody paid to run a church full time. In my experience, the best times people have ever had in church are when they are between pastors. Why? Because people begin to take responsibility, and not abdicate it via a few notes in the collection to someone else. As the title of a book I dipped into recently goes, ‘Brothers, We Are Not Professionals.‘