In the old days of ministry, if someone wanted to complain they would have to work a little harder than they do in today’s world. The ease of email gives a critical spirit an immediate outlet. I HATE getting emails like the one below, but they arrive all the time because email doesn’t allow a filter.
This specific email was sent to a youth pastor friend after an amazing weekend of ministry. He had a great service project on Saturday that was life-changing, and on Sunday Sunday morning his attendance doubled. His plan was to celebrate the weekend with a family BBQ. He bought enough food for all the regular attending teenagers and their families (plus a little extra). Praise God that a bunch of new people showed up and they ran out of food. Bummer. But, it’s not that big of a deal…to most. Here is the exact email my buddy received (I’ve edited names/locations to protect my friend). Unfortunately, this is not a joke.
My son, Andrew, is a sophomore in high school at Union Junction and very much enjoys the high school program at church (particularly his small group). I also have two younger sons in the 7th and 8th grades who also enjoy the junior high ministry.
This past Sunday I attended the 11 a.m. service and proceeded over to the BBQ hosted by the student ministry after the service was over. When I got there, we all got in line and were disappointed to learn that there was no more food available; others had the same experience. Many of us left without eating and did not stay to fellowship with others. We were very displeased.
Suggestion: When you invite students and families to a BBQ, please have enough food for everyone.
Did Don (a lawyer) really need to write this letter? Did he think my friend didn’t realize that when you invite people over for a meal that you should have food for them? Am I over-reacting because I’m so tired of this type of easy-access/critical spirit directed to leaders?
How would you respond to this email? I’ll give prizes to the 2 best responses (best response & funniest response). I’ll announce the winner on Monday morning in this comment section.