Complacency in Ministry and the Spiritual Life

Two bloggers I read regularly both posted recently on various aspects of complacency in the spirtual life and ministry.

Mike Patin, sudoku ninja, speaker and author, who is emceeing this year’s National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry in New Orleans, LA  (and in 2011 will IStock_000001547146XSmall-1 be Keynoting the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, IN) blogged on the temptation to grow complacent in the spiritual life:

“It is really easy for me with life’s brisk pace, as well as having a “job” that has a spiritual side to it, to get  complacent.  It is so easy to lose focus on God and family, both of whom are SO CLOSE that I can forget to share love, and time, and possessions with them as well as others who are close and who come across my path. It’s like I fall in love with my activity more than God and the people I am given to show his love.”

Read his whole post. Its great, especially the quote about from the Patriots Superbowl Lockerroom.

Josh Griffin, who blogs at More than Dodgeball, reminds ministers that we will never “arrive.” There will be no point when all God’s work is done and we can relax. We must continue growing, stretching and learning. There will always be challenges and opportunities to follow Christ more closely and love him more deeply. Josh writes:

You may get closer to the goal, but you’ll never really get there. You’re not supposed to. You need to be OK with that fact. Youth ministry is about seasons of success, seasons of failure, busy seasons and busier seasons. Youth ministry is good, bad and ugly all wrapped into one. You will never arrive – God’s church and your leadership will always be a work in progress. Read the whole post here.

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  1. Thanks for this post. Great message for me to have right now…especially the one about never really arriving. The getting complacent thing is something I always struggle with and have a watch on, however, it’s always great to be reminded.

  2. Christian says:

    In my class, revising and (one hopes) improving the curriculum each year keeps me interested. I think one problem in teaching Catechism is that the volunteer teacher often feels like he has to stick ‘religiously’ to the textbook, which after the second year can be a passion-killer.

  3. admin says:

    When I first started I never thought I’d see the day when I’d be close to feeling complacent. I think for a while I just gave my self a bit of a break/reward for getting slightly caught up with the learning curve. I agree that the continuous improvement of a curriculum, or in my case talks, speaking and counseling skills, learning to write more clearly, succinctly–these keep me interested and passionate too. Thanks for commenting Marc and Christian.

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