- We don't sing enough traditional hymns.
- All we ever sing are traditional hymns.
- 90% of the music we sing the congregation doesn't know.
I told Administrative Assistant that it looks like the honeymoon is over. It is impossible to please them all, especially since their demands are contradictory. I am tired and grumpy. This Sunday we will be announcing our new vision statement, and I suspect that that is creating some anxiety. We have been dealing with a great deal of change, and the congregation is growing, which also creates anxiety. When I'm not able to remain calm, it increases the anxiety, and people end up complaining about singing too many traditional hymns and not enough traditional hymns and don't realize that it is contradictory.
Because of Daughter, I know that what they're complaining about is not the real issue. I know I'm a target, and I don't necessarily deserve the things being tossed my way. I'm tired and grumpy, though, which makes it harder to deal with all of this in a constructive manner. I spent some time with my journal this morning, and that helped. I think once the new vision statement is announced, that will help, too. It really does grow out of our identity and formalizes what we are already doing. I have yet to hear from anyone who doesn't like it. Hopefully that will continue. 3 more sermons, and I will have 4 weeks to recover. When I return, I won't be tired and grumpy.