The Squeaky Wheel

Image result for squeaky wheel gets the greaseAfter sixty-eight years on this earth you learn somethings about people and the church. One of those things I have observed is that the person (or group) who are the most vocal or  most zealous gets our attention.

The old saying that “the squeaky wheel gets the most grease” is an quaint American idiom used to convey the idea that the most noticeable (or loudest) problems (or people) are the ones most likely to get attention. Wikipedia This applies to people in the church.

Being a pastor or church leader can be very frustrating at times. A pastor wants to see his congregation become mature disciples of Jesus Christ but not everyone in the church is willing to make that kind of commitment and sometimes they can be very resistant. Often this becomes the pastor’s focus (squeaky wheel?) trying to change people who do not want to change. One church leader said that there are approximately 10-12% of people who will never change in every congregation.

I have tried to help young pastors not to focus on this small faction. Love them? Yes. Pray for them? Certainly. Minister to them? Yes, where they allow you. But concentrate your energy and focus on those who desire to grow in Christ. Ephesians 4:15  2 Peter 3:18

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