As part of my day job, I lead a weekly staff meeting. Nine of us who spend our time supporting the people who call themselves Grabill Missionary Church. We mostly have the title ‘pastor.’
At these meetings, we talk about what’s happening in our lives, what’s happening in our areas of responsibility. We like and respect each other. The meetings are good.
Except for my opening question.
I ask things like “what song best describes how you are doing this week.” This week I asked “What is the most recent thing you learned how to do?” I asked that because I had spent the week learning how to use new video editing software. I was at the limits of my old software and realized that we would all benefit from me having something less frustrating and more stable. For all the upside of the switch, however, the process of learning while in the middle of producing a couple of short projects was pretty draining.
Everyone talked about learning. Often about technology. Often about the frustrations of learning new technology. Most of us on staff are not IT people. We are people people. (They all are anyway. I’m more of an IT person. I don’t really like people. But don’t tell anyone. Please.)
After everyone talked about how it feels to feel trapped by what is so easy for the tech people but so paralyzing for normal people, I said, “That’s what it’s like for most of the people we talk to about church stuff and God stuff.”
“Having a problem? Just pray,” we say.
“But how do I just pray, ” someone asks.
“You just talk to God.” we say.
“But what if I do and I don’t hear anything?”
“Just read the Bible.”
“But where do I start?”