GRIN AND SHARE IT: Pastor, The Honeymoon Is Over!

The Honeymoon Is Over!

When the flood of dinner invitations is reduced to a trickle and the menus switch from sirloin to burgers, you know the honeymoon between you and your congregation is over.

In the beginning you reign from your pedestal, feeling invincible. The first tremors are so subtle that you ask, ‘Did I imagine that?’ Then the pedestal begins to rock as enthusiastic handshakes and vigorous pats on the back are replaced by cordial smiles and forced praise for the ‘fine’ sermon you preached.

You tiptoe, you dance, you flail your arms, but you eventually topple. And the worse part is, you never saw it coming – just like the last time. See if you have overlooked these warning signs from a disgruntled congregation.

You return from vacation to find the visiting preacher’s name on your mailbox.

Your church is about to split, and neither group wants you.

Shut-ins pull the window shades and pretend that they aren’t home when you come to visit.

Mom moves her membership letter to another church.

You’re told that God is calling you to the mission field – now!

Your cast as a donkey in the Christmas cantata.

Your wife moves her membership letter to another church.

The trustees have been marching around your house the last six days praying and carrying lanterns.

Your secretary starts sending out your resume’.

The congregation forces members of the pulpit committee to wear sackcloth and make a public apology.

Church members start referring to you in the past tense.

Your ‘love offering’ is a two-for-one coupon at Burger King.

You show up at church on Monday morning to discover that the locks have been changed.

About Dr. Mike Harmon

Dr. Harmon began preaching at the age of 15 while living in southern California. He has conducted over 600 revivals and evangelistic campaigns nationwide, and has served as Senior Pastor at seven churches. Dr. Harmon has degrees from Central Baptist College, the University of Central Arkansas, and a Ph.D. From the Christian Bible College and Seminary. He has served as trustee for Southeastern Baptist College and Chairman of the trustees for the BMA Theological Seminary. He also served as Chaplain for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas State Senate. His many sermons and articles on Christian Apologetics are widely published. He is married to one wife of 43 years; has two sons, and seven grandchildren. He considers the simple pleasures of cooking, dining with family and friends, and liesurely rides on his Harley through the Texas Hill Country to be some of the most enjoyable blessings from the Lord.
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