Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Who is Your Pastor?

Alan Knox points to a post over at More Than Cake, titled, Paparazzi Pastors Leading a Celebrity Church. There is an increasing trend among Christians today to follow what can best be described as "celebrity pastors," whether those people be in a local church, another city in the same state, on the other side of the country, or halfway around the world. In the post there are listed a number of ways how these folks gain such a following.

It is dangerous when we try to "follow" someone who we don't know, someone who is not a part of our daily lives. We know nothing about how they are living out what they are preaching, or if they even are living it out at all. The only thing we see is a carefully choreographed performance designed to make the speaker look good. Such performances can be inspiring, but there is very little instruction as to how it shakes out in the day-to-day. There are certainly no examples of how to follow Christ. Those must come from seeing each other in action.

As Alan states, "If you do not know someone – or are not growing to know someone – and if you never see them in a context other than speaking in front of a group of people, then that person is not shepherding (pastoring) you, regardless of what title the person may take for himself or be given by others."

7 comments:

Joe Miller said...

Thanks for sharing my post with your readers brother. Blessings.

Mike Erich the Mad Theologian said...

I would totally agree with this. It is not wrong to use various people as resources for instruction, but to have someone as your pastor requires that he knows you and you know him and there is a real shepherding relationship there. I suspect one reason individuals prefer celebrity pastors is they do not want this type of responsibility,

Mike Erich the Mad Theologian said...
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co_heir said...

Joe, you're quite welcome.

Mike, I think you're right about why folks prefer celebrity pastors. It's the same reason why they don't really want community.

co_heir said...

I wonder who commented and deleted it. I would be interested in reading the comment.

Mike Erich the Mad Theologian said...

I apologize for the deleted comment. I accidentally double posted and deleted the duplicate.

co_heir said...

Okay, thanks. I thought that might be what it was. No problem. I just wanted to make sure it wasn't a drive-by commenter who had second thoughts. :)

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