Not surprisingly, my readership quadruples whenever Bob kindly references my meager blog, as he does occasionally and always with much encouragement. Thanks, Bob, for your kind words and for sending some of your friends in my direction. I'm praying for you and your book!
I wanted to add a few thoughts for those of you who happened to read Bob's post, in order to put it into context. First, Covenant Life only recently began recycling batteries at all. That change prompted me to reconsider the way we handle batteries on the tech teams in an attempt to utilize the new option of recycling. At the same time, I decided to try to use our batteries more fully before throwing them away.
Please know that there are other churches that do it much better. For instance, one of my volunteers mentioned visiting a church that has four (or more?) containers for batteries: Full, 75% 50%, and Recycle. They use a battery tester to determine which bin the batteries go in, and they have certain uses for the different levels of batteries. If you are able to manage this more complex process, I'd highly recommend it, since it will lead to even better stewardship.
Finally, I'm grateful for Bob Kauflin's wise pastoring, even in very practical areas like batteries. He wrote:
We have two priorities in tension here. The first is to be wise stewards of the resources God has given us. The second is to faithfully serve congregational worship and the preaching of God's Word. Ultimately, the second concern is the greater priority.Let's make it our aim to be wise stewards without compromising the effectiveness of the preaching of God's Word.