Remember when camp meeting was a time when ministers and their families got together with a common goal of bringing souls to God? It was a time when the younger ministers all had the same struggles with difficult churches, board meetings, and church issues. Often they would sit amongst each other and exchange ideas at the cafeteria, or at the Big Tent. Older more prominent ministers were brought in or offered ideas on how to deal with these issues.
Everyone had it hard, not by choice, but by design. Everyone paid his or her dues in this profession. There were powerful preachers back then, who spoke hard but still went back to churches around 75 to 100 members, some to even less.
After the 3 to 5 yrs of tent meetings and literature evangelism efforts, that minister would come to camp meeting and maybe, just maybe he was the guest speaker for one of the 2 Sabbaths in June. After watching the NBA Finals at Mazzio’s Pizza, and supervising events like horseback riding, youth services, or the maintenance of the campground, these ministers developed a brotherhood. That was an honor. That was discipline. That…. is gone……
We need one of those guys to lead us now and bring back those days. To remind us of what is important. The brotherhood that was once a round table of strong men is broken. The backbone of this conference should not be trampled on but uplifted.
So I say, bring back those men. This year is a year of change. Change does not mean, popular or prominent. It means tried, tested and NEW DIRECTION.
It means reaching out to everyone for ideas on strategy, mentorship and a common purpose. When are folks going to understand that it is not about them, it is about the spiritually sick? Make no mistake; the days ahead are going to try men and women. Do you want a leader who cares for the cause, or someone who is interested in only themselves.
The question on Hardball today is: Do the Leaders of this conference care about their long term employees?
What Say You?