Ten Things About Pastors We Should be Concerned About

Ten Things About Pastors We Should be Concerned About

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Abuse, apostasy and irrelevance are just a few of the words that keep coming up in the search for reasons for the decline. There are a variety of compelling opinions, and I even have a few of my own.

But I suggest there is another area of decline more significant and perhaps much less obvious—and one that certainly contributes to the church’s decline in numbers.

And I think it’s likely a careful analysis would implicate the church’s leadership for this more significant issue.

In other words, I’m concerned about pastors and the role they play in the church’s decline.

By saying so, I’m not suggesting this pastor has it all together. Nor am I trying to cultivate (or ratify) some dishonest skeptics’ hate for the church. Rather, I’m hoping to raise some concerns in a conversational kind of way.

Further, I’m not claiming to be the expert in all church issues. However, I have been in some form of pastoral ministry for the last 19 years and feel I have some measure of insight about the issue.

So in an effort to pursue this conversation in a healthy way, here are 10 pastors I’m concerned about.

1. I’m concerned about the pastor who is better at managing church programs than he is at making disciples of Jesus.

2. I’m concerned about the pastor who attracts people with fancy self-help sermons instead of teaching people to be students of the Bible and theology.

3. I’m concerned about the pastor who is a chief executive instead of a contemplative sage.

4. I’m concerned about the pastor who uses the pulpit to milk members instead of minister to the saints.

5. I’m concerned about the pastor who makes growing the church the goal instead of glorifying God the goal.

6. I’m concerned about the pastor who builds his ministry with people instead of building people by his ministry.

7. I’m concerned about the pastor who cultivates a culture of dependency on himself instead of cultivating a culture of community within the church.

8. I’m concerned about the pastor who reads and teaches the Bible literally instead of literarily.

9. I’m concerned about the pastor who contributes to the culture of consumerism instead of combating idolatry.

10. I’m concerned about the pastor who sees the church as a stepping stone instead of seeing it as a custodian of Christ’s kingdom.

Certainly, God moves people. And certainly pastors have a right to pursue other ventures as the Lord leads and gives liberty.

But the church is the primary agent for the stewardship of the gospel and the redemption of the cosmos. It’s the integral institution for advancing Christ’s kingdom and for shaping culture and society. It’s not God’s second-hand agency. It’s not his “Plan B.” Jesus died for the church and it is significant.

These are a few of my concerns about pastors.

SOURCE: ChurchLeaders.com