You'd think I'd like it - the 10 plus minutes after I'm done preaching.
I stand at one of the back doors to the Sanctuary and those who come through shake my hand. There are some small kids, visitors, long time members. Old, young, friends and partners in ministry. Finally, there is Joan who needs her walker, and when I'm not deep in conversation with someone, I get it, and wheel it her way.
So why in the world do I not like it? Well, because it's kind of like a Facebook like. People tell me how great the sermon was. Some retell me the part that made them laugh. Others share the sermon they would give on the topic. But as a pastor, most of us really are not looking for pats on the back.
We want your life to change. For you to trust God more. For you to realize your call. And the 10 to 20 seconds on your way out of church is not a real part of that.
I'm not going to stop of course. Despite the headline here I do enjoy meeting my church family. But make no mistake, a sermon isn't always given as a warm fuzzy to reaffirm your lukewarmness.