Wednesday, November 16, 2005


A friend pointed me to his website for his church, in that is this is just too funny not to pass it on. So with his permission here it is.

When people ask me how many hours a week I work I usually tell them about one and a half—depends on how long the Sunday service is. I feel that I might as well say that because that’s probably what they’re thinking anyway. Besides, I love seeing the expressions on their face. It’s a look of shock, disbelief and wondering if I am really the only pastor dumb enough to admit what they always thought.

When I was a kid growing up I used to think my pastor was so special, he only had to come into the office to work if he felt like it. But in reality God didn’t expect him to. I had visions of him spending entire days on his knees, hands outstretched toward heaven with a beam of light shining down upon his face. That is what I thought he did during the week.

I heard about one pastor who named his fishing boat “visitation”. That way when people would call the office during the week, his secretary could tell them he was out on “visitation.” It certainly sounds better than, “he’s out fishing.” Mark Lowry called his bed, “The Word”. So when people phoned and woke him up at 10:00 a.m. and they said, “I hope I didn’t catch you sleeping”. He’d just say, “No, I was in ‘the word’.”

Well, I have decided to name my van, “the office”, watching T.V. is now “studying”, shopping is now “administration” and forms of recreation such as fishing, biking, hiking or going for walks are now “prayer and meditation.” So if you call this week and I am unavailable, it may be because I am busy with ‘administration’ in my ‘office’ or perhaps I am ‘studying’ and spending time in ‘prayer and meditation’. If you call too early you will likely find I am in ‘the word’. Next summer I plan on spending a lot of time on ‘visitation’. I am reaching for the reward of the hardest working pastor!

So why am I writing this? One reason. The Bible say’s, ‘a merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” I simply wanted to make you laugh. They say the sign of a healthy church is one where people feel free to laugh out loud. If you’re looking for a healthy church, and are not insulted by others laughing and having a good time, you’ll like it at CLA. On the flip side, you will also hear some straightforward teaching from God’s word. You will experience worship that is bent on encountering God, not entertaining people. You will be in an atmosphere that enables you to come to Jesus and be healed, transformed and touched by His presence. We do all of that and still manage to stay real and authentic. We meet Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Come early for a good back seat! I will sign off now so I can spend a little time in ‘The Word’.

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Grey Owl said...

Now I know what to put in my day-timer...

SoulPastor said...

Works real well!

CLA Jim said...

Hi Soulpastor,
I'm liking this blogging thing. Glad you liked my article.
I have posted a new one you might want to read it.