Ministry is not always easy. A number of years ago, my congregation and I were forced to take a stand for Biblical truth, and the consequences of that stand were all too real. After a lengthy and expensive court battle with our previous denomination we were forced off the property our congregation had paid for and maintained for years. In many ways it was a devastating blow. We had been a large, thriving church with many different programs and resources for the people we served, and with the stroke of a pen we lost everything. As we sat with our Vestry trying to plot a way forward, our senior warden spoke some very wise words that have stuck with me. He said, “As a church, our primary duty is to worship God. If that is all that we do, it is enough.” He was absolutely right. A church’s primary responsibility is always the worship of our Lord, and All Saints has always done that, and done it well.
The Rev. Eric Zolner
Father Eric is a 3rd generation Anglican and the Rector of All Saints Anglican Church in Springfield, MO.