Personally, I believe that too many of the IFB pastors have made their "churches" into their little kingdoms, and they view the members as their own personal servants. I believe that we have placed too heavy an emphasis on what "ministry" is, but have neglected the SCRIPTURAL DUTIES God has given to every Christian. These men seem to judge their members' spirituality based on how much "activity" and "ministry" they are involved in at their little "kingdom."
But here is where they go off the rails. The NT local church was involved in very SIMPLE ministries, and the emphasis Paul gives us in the Pauline Epistles in living right and doing right while we take care of our God-given responsibilities. People think that a man is "spiritual" because he does all these "things" at the church.
My contention is that it is JUST AS SPIRITUAL to work a steady job, have a good testimony at work, be a good dad and husband, and take care of the family and home God has given them. I KNOW it is "spiritual" because God has devoted large portions of Scripture to these very things. All of the various "ministries" in the typical IFB need to be SCRAPPED, and the pastors need to encourage their men to be MEN - at work and at home.
If we are called to be witnesses, can we ONLY be witnesses at a church wide door-to-door "program?" You see, somebody is marked as "spiritual" because they show up for "visitation" night, but the guy who is a steady, consistent witness at work and in his neighborhood is relegated to the "sidelines" because his schedule does not allow him to be at the church every night of the week doing something.
To be honest, most of what passes for "ministry" these days is nothing more than hot air and spinning the wheels. There is a lot of "activity" but no real work being accomplished.
We have a door to door program, and I encourage everyone to come, but also recognize the fact that MOST simply CANNOT make it - and for legitimate reasons. But they CAN pray for us when we go out, and they CAN help us prepare literature for the teams that can go out. Everybody can do something. But more importantly, I encourage EVERYONE to be a witness 24/7 - and I think that is what is missing in modern IFB's. They think "serving the Lord" is some grand thing tied up in a big "church ministry." But they are wrong. "Serving the Lord" is fulfilling your God-given responsibilities as laid out in the Scripture.
That is why so many people get "burned out." These full-time pastors who have never worked a day in their life have no idea of the pressures modern society puts on men and women. They seem to be stuck in the 60's, when the blue laws were in effect. The upper middle class is disappearing. It is a 24/7 work week, it is hard to get good jobs, etc. etc. etc.
And on top of all that, these churches COULD do more to reach the "Judea/Samaria" regions around their churches, but do not because they are so busy running their little "kingdom" that they completely ignore the surrounding communities.
Yes, these issues really bother me!!!!