Tonight we will be going to our church's marriage retreat. This event has been on the church calendar for a long time, so I am somewhat disappointed that more couples have not made this a priority. We had so envisioned couples in our church coming together to commit themselves to helping each other battle Satan. I'm sure that the Lord will still use those who do come, and we will have a great weekend. But it is discouraging.
We live in a difficult time for churches. One of the great challenges as a church leader is trying to get "continuity" with any theme or goal. After all, today priority to church is way down people's priority list. Imagine the challenge of a youth minister trying to plan a retreat so that the youth group can share a common goal. When would you plan it? Fall? No way! How dare you consider interfering with football? OK. Let's try spring. Are you kidding? There's baseball and track. Winter? No, there are the holidays. Summer? Well, no. We have to work. And then, there are the family vacations (Anytime you mention "family" -- that trumps church commitment today).
It used to be that at least Sunday was set aside for "church." Not anymore. Now, youth sports and activities has even trumped the Lord's Day.
And we wonder why our churches aren't growing.
That's my vent for the week.