Reformed Theology I see an opportunity to use my particular gift in another church. My current pastor thinks I should stay so that his church can use it in the future.  Calvinism

I see an opportunity to use my particular gift in another church. My current pastor thinks I should stay so that his church can use it in the future.

Reformed Theology I see an opportunity to use my particular gift in another church. My current pastor thinks I should stay so that his church can use it in the future.  Calvinism
I see an opportunity to use my particular gift in another church. My current pastor thinks I should stay so that his church can use it in the future.

Here's the rundown:

I have a particular set of skills. Skills that make me a nightma -wait, no. Sorry, I was channeling Liam Neeson for a second there.

Anyway, I have a particular gift that I think would be very useful and very helpful to my wife's old church. I see a lot of potential use for it there, and a lot of people could benefit from me becoming involved in that church. My wife and I decide that we are going to go there.

I tell my current pastor this. He essentially says that it is wrong for another church to be open to "stealing" a member from another church, that it is the other pastor's responsibility to take care of his flock, not mine… That my abilities could be used in the future at the current church. (Current church has about 40-60 people attending, 90% of which are above the age of 50, future church has about 150-200, at least half of which are younger than 40)

I am asking you guys for some feedback on this.

As for how I feel, I am not okay with this reasoning. On a practical level, my abilities are better used with a younger audience anyway, 50+ year old people will not benefit from what I want to do, or at least, they will not benefit as much as the younger people. On a spiritual level, I don't believe in this distinction between "churches." I don't even like to say that I am "switching churches," rather, I am going to serve the body of Christ at a different location. I am still part of the very same church. I do not exist to serve my "current church," and my goal is not to support its well-being exclusively, but rather to support THE church the best way I can. Why should he expect me to essentially be stingy with my abilities there when another part of the Body has an immediate use for it? It doesn't seem right to me at all. It doesn't seem Biblical at all. Thoughts?

Here’s the rundown:I have a particular set of skills. Skills that make me a nightma -wait, no. Sorry, I was channeling Liam Neeson for a second there.Anyway, I have a particular gift that I think would be very useful and very helpful to my wife’s old church. I see a lot of potential use for it there, and a lot of people could benefit from me becoming involved in that church. My wife and I decide that we are going to go there.I tell my current pastor this. He essentially says that it is wrong for another church to be open to “stealing” a member from another church, that it is the other pastor’s responsibility to take care of his flock, not mine… That my abilities could be used in the future at the current church. (Current church has about 40-60 people attending, 90% of which are above the age of 50, future church has about 150-200, at least half of which are younger than 40)I am asking you guys for some feedback on this.As for how I feel, I am not okay with this reasoning. On a practical level, my abilities are better used with a younger audience anyway, 50+ year old people will not benefit from what I want to do, or at least, they will not benefit as much as the younger people. On a spiritual level, I don’t believe in this distinction between “churches.” I don’t even like to say that I am “switching churches,” rather, I am going to serve the body of Christ at a different location. I am still part of the very same church. I do not exist to serve my “current church,” and my goal is not to support its well-being exclusively, but rather to support THE church the best way I can. Why should he expect me to essentially be stingy with my abilities there when another part of the Body has an immediate use for it? It doesn’t seem right to me at all. It doesn’t seem Biblical at all. Thoughts?
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