I have been observing you and your season of service at your church for many years and thought it important to write to you at this time. I have watched your hard work in guiding out of periods of turmoil and challenge. You have endured a great deal and persevered with energy in creating a level of excitement and activity within the church. For all this I commend you and the others who have worked with you.
I’m writing to bring something important to your attention.
You have lost your first love.
You and your church have drifted away from the love of God and one another as your first priority and into a pattern of success-driven busyness. If this serious situation is not turned around, it will destroy the church’s credibility.
Fear not, friend. All is not lost. I am writing to encourage you to lead a change that, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, can be accomplished. If you accept the challenge to restore love into the life of the church by reviving the passion and humility that were present when the church was first starting out, you and your church will receive blessings beyond your imagination.
The way back must start with you.
This letter is sent in love as always, with faith that what is required can be done.
Your Truest Friend,
The Most Loving Place in Town by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges (emphasis added and text modified for generalization… with much thankfulness to a friend who would recommend this book to me)