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When Pastors Away the Mice Play

I am resharing this blog post from 2014 for current, 2015. I don’t think people’s priorities are where they should be. It is said to see when the pastor is gone that attendance is low. It is like the people follow the pastor and not Jesus Christ. We are suppose to die for the church too like Christ did. How can you die for the church if you lay out when the pastor is gone.

In 2014, Our pastor went on vacation and we had a guest pastor come to preach. It seems like our numbers were really low today. On the Vans picking up people we only picked up one person; we usually pick up about 6 or 7. I was thinking in my head when the pastor is away the mice will play. Another church member and I talked and he said the same thing to me and I was like that’s funny I was thinking the same thing. I think I heard a couple other church members say the same thing about when the pastors away.

Preachers Away

Preachers Away

When the pastor is away the mice will play. We usually hear it like when the boss is away the employees will play or when the parents are away the kids will play. Even when the teacher is away the students will play. Gonna give the idea of when the cat’s away the mice will play. We have 130 on our Sunday School Roll. We usually average 60-70 per Sunday in Sunday School. This past Sunday when the pastor was on vacation, we had 46 in Sunday School in 2014 vacation.

This year, 2015, we only had 36 in Sunday School. Even the guest pastor made a note and say you know the old saying when the cat is away the mice will play. That reminded me of this blog post, I already had it on my heart, because I felt numbers would have been low today. So I am republishing this for 2015.

I am not singling out anyone here. I know some are sick, some were out of town or on vacation as well. I am just making a general observation. I felt led to write a brief about this.

Usually when somebody of leadership is away it seems like everybody else goofs off , is absent or slacks. With Christ we can’t slack we can’t be ashamed we have to show for total in full support for Christ.

One thing we have to remember God is always watching! so if your pastors ever away please try to attend. Show encouragement and support for the guest pastor. After all it’s not the pastor we follow Jesus Christ who we follow.

I believe our pastor always say just because I’m awake doesn’t mean you have to be. I felt led to write this to give some food for thought.

But we also have another factor of to consider is a lot of people are on vacation and its close to a major holiday. Which brings me to another idea which I will say for another blog post.

Remember God knows that you laid out, the pastor may not know then again, the pastor may know too. But remember God always know if you were able to attend or not and choose to put something else ahead of the church.

Does your church seem to have small numbers around either holidays or when you have a guest pastor? I want to hear from you your comments are welcome.

First published July 1, 2014. Republishing June 21, 2015.

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I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I blog for God here at CourageousChristianFather.com. I serve as a youth leader, van driver and usher at my church. I also serve where ever else may be needed. I am working on a bachelor's degree in Theology. I also like to go out and hand out Gospel of John's and Gospel Tracts. I am a single father with custody of my almost adult child. I am a graphic designer too. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle. I attained the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America in 1994.

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  1. Lora Wise Lora Wise says:

    Hopefully they had good reason for missing. But we need to have the mindset that church attendance is not to impress anyone but to worship God. It does not depend on who is preaching.

  2. You are very right. It is for our benefit to learn more about Him, to get convicted, to correct what needs correcting. etc. God expects us to be in fellowship with other believers.

  3. Jenni Mahaffey says:

    Personally I think it’s awesome to hear the message from the fresh perspective of a ‘guest pastor’. Thank you for sharing this, I hope it provokes a change in attitude for those hearts in need.

  4. Courageous Christian Father says:

    I do agree it does give a fresh and outside message. I agree. May God convict those who didn’t go that could cause there are tons of people who want to go and can’t. Church isn’t something to take for granted.

  5. Jenni Mahaffey says:


  6. We are also told to not take neglect fellowship with fellow believers.
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