~While I believe the church is made up of Jesus' lovers and followers and should be administrated even handedly and run the same way - I'd like to do more at and through my church. But there is no support system provided to help me free up time to do that. Mostly I speak of what to do with Wonderboy in the time I would be participating. There is childcare there. But it is laughably compromised.
Should churches be expected to provide meaningful childcare for members participating in church programs? (ya know, it is an opportunity for the church to witness to children, just sayin'). And should it be charged? How do you empower your congregation to help each other in daily life? Or is that no longer the church's business and it's each person unto themselves to squeeze in what they can?
~While it is the entire church who is called to go and make disciples and do Christ's work in the world, not all of us are able to do this full time. So we have paid pastors (ah, you see where this is going?)
What is the appropriate pay-scale for pastors? Do we fill their pockets to overflowing whether or not the church's business is paid for? Do we expect them to live as paupers, like Christ did, and make them dependent on the congregation for their life? (that would be rather humiliating. But then, is that the point of the call - to be humbled?) Should the measure be to pay them the average of the congregational community's pay to give them an "even footing" in the parish community? Does salary review for pastors turn the church into a secular corporation in terms of management? Would it be fairer to give the pastor a percentage of tithes received (a sales incentive plan!!)?
What do you all think?
(P.S. It's the birthday of Douglas Adams (1952-2001) today! I will go up to my roof and stick out my thumb later.)