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Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by Salty, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Salty

    Salty 20,000 Posts Club
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    "Mowing around the stump"

    Have you ever heard this phrase

    What does it say to you (spiritualy)
     
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    Reminds me that I need to take the track loader from my shop to my house and push up those old pecan stumps so I can quit weed eating around them.
     
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    Never heard this euphemism. Maybe it refers to clearing stuff out of the way so the problem is more visible?
     
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    "Mowing around the stumps" is a reference to pastoring a church where people are immovable on needed change. Those are the stumps. So the pastor works around them and let's them be in order not to upset the apple cart.
     
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    I was told it from a different perspective. Problems in a church are like stumps. You put a stick of dynamite in some and blow them up. The problem is that you can cause a lot of damage.
    Some stumps need to be dug out, but it is an awful lot of work.
    Other stumps are so big and strong that you just mow - or the way I heard it was plow - around it until it rots.
    My pastor friend who told me about this said that wisdom is knowing how you deal with each stump wisely.
     
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    Rather than being a stump a true believer would quietly leave a local church.
     
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    I left a Baptist church because I sensed that the pastor had liberal leanings, moving my membership to another Baptist church.

    After a number of years, that pastor became a member of the pastoral staff of a local Presbyterian church. He is still well respected by many members of his former Baptist congregation.

    I have reflected on my decision often and am disappointed that, as far as I know, on one else showed concern about his liberal theology.
     
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