Letter From a ‘Concerned Church Member’

We think you're doing a great job. But there are some areas of improvement we've noticed.

“It’s come to our attention that last week when one of our dear sisters was visiting in your home she noticed your children were playing games on computer tablets. You know that sister doesn’t like nosing around, but she knows that they are fairly pricey.”

 

I have thought a long time about whether I should write this letter to you. You know that I’m not one to complain. But after talking it over with five or ten other folks in the congregation and realizing that some people had similar concerns, I thought you had the right to know. Below are some suggestions to consider.

First, we need to talk about your upcoming vacation. The last time you went out of town, you didn’t respond to any emails, which was pretty disappointing. We didn’t feel we could reach you in a timely fashion, and I’m sure you agree that it’s not good if a flock can’t reach their shepherd. We’re happy you’re able to get away with your family, but we don’t want you to forget your responsibility to us. Jesus said the church was more important than family, remember. So we want you to have a good time and relax — you deserve it! — but please pay better attention to your inbox and voicemails.

Secondly, it’s come to our attention that last week when one of our dear sisters was visiting in your home she noticed your children were playing games on computer tablets. You know that sister doesn’t like nosing around, but she knows that they are fairly pricey. Your finances are none of our business, of course, but please consider how this looks.

I heard you were thinking about buying a newer car too, and you should probably know people are talking about that. Just want you to be aware.

Generally speaking, we think you’re doing a great job. But there are some areas of improvement we’ve noticed.

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