In her previous congregation, Joy Larsen says she "used activity to avoid being in relationship." At Grace Lutheran, Palo Alto, Calif., she raves about a contemplative prayer class that taught her to scale back on church activities.
And although Barbara and Les Roberts "have probably had every job in the church," even they don't complain about burnout, stress and pressure to be involved — a condition all too frequent in some congregations.
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