We in the bloggernacle love to talk about how much we like or dislike being at church. Bad speakers. Too long. Bad teachers. Boredom. Kids. etc. I have trouble reading these types of comments without getting a wee bit annoyed. Don’t get me wrong, these are all valid points but these complaints just seem a little too much “what am I getting from church?” and not enough “what am I giving at church?”
Church is not a vending machine in which we put in our tithing, time and talents and in return get a series of engaging lessons, spirit-filled talks and customized inspired counsel…and if we don’t get those things then the machine must be broken. It’s not an exchange program and we shouldn’t rely on other people exercising their agency to determine our own church experience.
So rather than continue the same old whine-sessions, arguing for a 2-hour block (yeah, less time serving and worshipping with the saints will guarantee MORE of the Spirit because everyone will become magically organized and focussed. Right.), why don’t we come up with some actual ideas for ways in which we can improve the existing structure of our church worship. But before we start, try to put yourself in my shoes, a counselor in a bishopric and keep the following in mind:
– The large majority of those you call to speak will make you feel bad for calling them.
– Regardless of topic and how much effort you make to explain and give direction to speakers, some will still give bad talks, most will give mediocre talks and a few will give great talks.
– Even those who give bad and mediocre talks still sacrifice their time and energy to do so. This merits gratitude which often comes in the form of, “thank you for your talk…it was great!” thus perpetuating the status quo.
– Often those in the ward who would be the best teachers are in other, non-teaching positions which are extremely difficult to change (high counsel, RS president, bishopric, etc.).
– The overwhelming majority of those in the class you attend have not studied/prepared for the lesson beforehand. This likely includes you.
– The Spirit works differently on different people
– Nobody is getting paid for their service.
Any practical suggestions? (“practical” means something that we actually have control over, not something that only SLC has control over)