Friendly Fire: Loving the People in Your Church
Presenter: Valerie Johnson
Every church has them, sincere, well-meaning Christians who leave ulcers, strained relationships, and hard feelings in their wake. They don’t intend to be difficult; they don’t consciously plot destruction or breed discontent among the members. But they often do undermine the ministry of the church and make pastors question their calling. What does this mean for developing friendships within our churches? Are there ways we can avoid being “ambushed” by those we’re sent to serve? How do we handle these situations in a Christian and loving way? How can we maintain our sanity, encourage our husbands, and not let our anxiety levels hit the roof?
In this workshop we’ll answer some of these questions and develop strategies for dealing with such situations in Christian love.
Valerie Johnson, has been blessed with the opportunity to serve in a variety of ministry situations, always with wonderful Christians who aren’t perfect. Valerie started out as a Lutheran High School Teacher. Then as Ministry Coordinator for True North WELS Campus Ministry, she had the opportunities to teach Women’s Bible Study, do pregnancy counseling with Christian Life Ministries, serve on our WELS Women’s Ministry Committee, and start Pastors’ Wives’ Renewal ministry. The last few years, she has been blessed to serve with her husband in a more typical congregation in Portland, OR. Through the years, I have met so many amazing Christians, people I honor, respect and look to as Christian examples. I have also been given the opportunity to work through some difficult relationships. Situations and experiences which have taught me that we are flawed, we can be unkind, we don’t always make the best choices and, thankfully, we are forgiven.