Catfish in Your Staff Meetings and Other Joys of Small Town Ministry

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This morning we were in our staff meeting when a guy from the church came in with a cooler.

As Jim stepped into the office, he said something about how he’s always talking about fishing, so he thought he’d bring in a sample of his morning catch.

Haha! Out came the little guy above–well, he wasn’t really  all that little.

Awesome!

I mean how often are you interrupted in your staff meetings by a catfish!

Of course, I snapped a quick picture and tweeted it out.   Every time I thought about it throughout the day, I had to smile.

When you do ministry in a small town, you are blessed with all kind of bounty. For example,

1)  Eggs. We have several families who have chickens and so that means they have eggs–lots of eggs–and that means we get lots of eggs. I love it when we get eggs!

2) Treats. From time to time people drop in with treats. This Christmas a group of older women who refer to themselves as “Heaven’s Seven,” brought our staff one of the biggest baskets of treats I have ever seen–and it was awesome!

3)  Essential oils. One of my mom’s sells EO’s, and during the height of sickness this year brought me some oils to help keep me on the road to health.

4)  Popcorn machines. Recently a gal from our church brought me a mini popcorn machine. It looks like a movie theater machine only much smaller. It was new, it had never been used and it is soooo cool, and the kids think it’s sooo cool, too.

5) Deer Sausage. We live in the land of hunters, so it’s not uncommon for someone to bring in some homemade deer sausage or jerky. In fact, sometimes we are the ones to bring it in!

There are so many more things people bring in–but ultimately what makes these things so special is not the things, but the people who bring things in. Each person is bringing in parts of themselves. They are bringing in their hearts, their hobbies, their appreciation and their love.

It’s one of the great things about small town ministry.

It’s sharing. It’s community. It’s giving. It’s appreciation. It’s caring.

It characterized the early church, and it’s a privilege to serve where it still characterizes the church today. It inspires me to want to do the same–to share, to give, to show appreciation and to care about the people around me in the same way.

Ha! And a catfish came to staff today. . . .I’m still smilin’ about that one!

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