Yesterday was one of those days. One of those days when you wonder if all the effort you put into something is worth it.
Yesterday was our monthly youth-led evening worship service. This past month didn’t go so well with the planning meetings we usually have. We canceled one because of Thanksgiving, and another week the main people who help me out with the service couldn’t make it. Anyways, the planning was a little lacking, so I was more stressed out than usual.
Then, my “sermon” just didn’t go well. It was a triple disaster: I couldn’t talk (one of those nights), the sermon was poorly written, and it was long (the second unforgivable sin in the Bible). Hopefully the Holy Spirit took the groanings coming out of my mouth and made them coherent for everyone else.
Thankfully, there were only four people at the service who weren’t there just because they knew the students participating in the service (i.e. friends or family).
So, between the time demands, stress, “negative energy”, and lack of participation, I wonder if this is a good way for my students and me to spend our time.
This leads to the general questions of: When do you draw the line of diminishing return in ministry? Why do we put so much time into worship services?
I’ll have to revisit these questions when I’m a little less negative. Any input is appreciated.