This Wednesday is the Fourth of July. Wednesday is also Prayer Meeting night in many Baptist churches.
If you were raised like I was, the pastor drilled into your head the importance of attending church every time the doors were open. Especially on Prayer Meeting night. On Prayer Meeting night you came to church to get your spiritual gas tank filled. Spiritual, sold-out, consecrated,on-fire Christians made Prayer Meeting an absolute weekly essential. Miss Prayer Meeting and risk backsliding.
Except…when Prayer Meeting or Sunday services fall of the day of a Holiday. All of a sudden attending church every time the doors are open is optional. Countless Baptist churches will cancel Prayer Meeting on Wednesday so
everyone the pastor can spend time with his family or go away for a family get-to-gether.
When holidays fall on a Sunday churches will often have a service on Sunday morning. They will then cancel the evening service. Why not cancel both services? Are you ready for me to share a dark secret from the never before revealed Pastor’s manual?
Thou shalt always have one service on Sunday so you can get the money.
Pastors know if they don’t collect the offering on Sunday many people will not double-give the next Sunday.
Bruce, you mean it is all about the money? Sadly, more so than most pastors would ever admit. (budget pressures are a constant problem. God is not very good at paying his bills)
The next time you see a pastor cancelling a service so people can spend time with their family just give him that, I know better, look. The truth is pastors and their parishioners like holidays just like the rest of us and are quite willing to jettison “attending church whenever the doors are open” when they need to. I just wish they were honest about it.