“And they came to Capernaum, and when He was in the house, He began to question them, “What were you discussing on the way?” (Mark 9:33)
“Thanks for dropping by, Darren. Hope you’re having a good day.”
“Darren, I want to ask you a couple of things. When we get through, you can say anything to me you’d like and tell me what I can do to help you in your ministry.”
“First, Darren. Tell me about the announcement you made from the pulpit Sunday morning. When you told the church about the youth mission trip you’ll be leading this summer. That was the first I’d heard of it.”
Uh oh. Darren has committed a serious breach. He has run ahead of his leadership and has put the pastor in a tough spot. The youth are all excited over the upcoming trip Darren has told them about. If the pastor stops it in its tracks, he’s the ogre. If he gives his okay to something not even discussed in staff meeting, he’s setting a terrible precedent for the rest of the ministers.
The pastor is calling Darren on the carpet, although in a gentle way. But don’t be fooled by his graciousness. Darren is in trouble and he knows it if he’s smart.