High Maintenance Membership

“(Love) … is not rude, it is not self seeking; is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5).
The first time I heard the expression “high maintenance,” it was regarding a friendship that had been recently broken. “It was,” the person was saying, “a high maintenance friendship anyway.” What an expressive way of putting it! Here was a friend who had to be constantly pampered, was frequently offended, forever apologized to.
One day I was admiring a new Jaguar when a mechanically inclined friend explained that these high priced pieces of engineering have to be constantly tuned, or they would not run properly. It made me feel a little better about my “Detroit (Ford) Mercedes”!
Are you a “high maintenance” church member? Or do you just keep ticking on, serving the Lord, worshipping him regularly, making your contribution to the church’s programs, atmosphere, and health? There is nothing more time consuming and disheartening than constantly taking a car for repairs; there is nothing that drags down an eldership more than constantly having to repair someone whose feelings have been hurt, who is in need of tuning.
Of course it must be done from time to time, but if there are some who come to worship regardless of their being reminded, who visit the sick or the needy without being urged, who volunteer to teach without being sent a gilt-edged invitation, that would free up the energy of leadership to reach the lost, and restore the truly needy.
I ask it kindly, lovingly. Are you a “High Maintenance” member?

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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