One of the greatest enemies of the church is fantasy.
Just like fantasy is one of the greatest enemies of a marriage.
Dissatisfied with reality, we create a fantasy of what we desire. The greater the fantasy, the greater the gulf between reality and the fantasy, the greater the dissatisfaction. It eventually ends in fracture, divorce, neurosis, spiritual death, all wrapped in a candy coating of quick recovery and delicious denial.
His next thought–about how in his marriage they have to periodically check in asking themselves: “[Is] our marriage healthy? Are we spending enough time together? Are we communicating? …” this is good food for thought about regular, periodic evaluation of staff, including ministers.
Are we still in touch with the realities or have we (all–minister and congregation alike) started to wander into the dangerous land of fantasy?