Originally Posted by pnggrad79
Udog and Rev,
Would I , a mere congregant, be overstepping my bounds by bringing the "meat" per se? I mean, I tend to approach things with gusto and this church is how shall I say, dry.... I wouldn't even know how to begin! I know what feeds me. I know what I need. I guess I just need to talk to the pastor. She has said she can't be very deep with the general congregation because she says that she can't assume that they understand anything. But what is wrong with ok assuming that and then teaching them and bringing them along? I assume my kids at school don't know anything, so I teach them, and bring them up to speed with where I want them to be. The same thing needs to happen spiritually, don't you think? Maybe I am just impatient. Maybe I just haven't given it time. This church seems to be filled with people who have been burned out on church, left it for various reasons and don't really want to be "preached" at and maybe they want milky sermons that don't carry a lot of weight. I want to hear from God. I don't want daisies and toast. I want steak and potatoes. I am a carnivore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ugh!!!!! Can't a lesbian get some good preaching around here?!!!!!
Sigh! I know the feeling. You're promised a banquet at the table, but only find a few crackers and a piece of cheese.
For what it is worth, the pastor at the church in which I interned said essentially the same thing as yours did. I took a stab and said, "you sound kind of sad about that", to which he agreed. I asked him if he couldn't have pidgeon-holed himself by assuming what the church needed at the beginning of his ministry is what they still needed. He looked at me and asked me if I was brave enough to try reaching a deeper level, to which I replied, "Yes." I started two deep Bible studies - one on ethics and Christian living, the other on the mission of the laity - and they were well attended and the participants were very active. He has since ramped up his preaching and teaching.
Not all conversations will go this way, but I know a good number of ministers who feel like they can ONLY deliver dessert because the congregation ain't hungry. Sometimes, they need to see that there are folks out there who need a damn good meal on Sundays because they're starving.