Thought I forgot this one didnâ€™t you?
Thought I got fired up about pounding on the one, â€˜bad eggâ€™ lay leader while forgetting the all too common, â€˜pastor run amok,â€™ didnâ€™t you?
Itâ€™s ok, maybe you donâ€™t know me that well yet. If you did then youâ€™d realize I try my best to be an equal opportunity offender . So you would have known part 2 would get here eventually!
By the way, we are running 2 series concurrently on this blog and I hope you havenâ€™t missed part 1 of Clayton Kingâ€™s guest blog. If you have, click here to catch up. Oh, and part 2 is already out as well (come on, man! Chop. Chop. This stuff is coming quicker than you can shake a stick!) just scroll down to read it.
I mean as in 2 posts ago!
There it is!
Ok? Now donâ€™t read it now. Youâ€™d break the flow. Finish this one first.
Now, on with the
lynching, oops, I mean, discussion youâ€™ve all been waiting for!
Obviously, there canâ€™t simply be a one sided phenomena of lay leaders (i.e. deacons, power brokers, elders, lay management teamâ€¦call them whatever you want) wreaking havoc on churches where there are anointed, 100% innocent, visionary pastors burned at the stake each time. Sometimes itâ€™s the pastors gathering the kindling, pouring on the lighter fluid and flicking their BICâ€™s (you have to be over 30 to remember that one)!
Thatâ€™s right, and I do hate to admit it, but sometimes itâ€™s the pastors who are the problem. And these 2 wrong thinking, selfish, polarizing groups (pastors and control freak lay leaders) are equal opportunity church demolition experts.
This is why unity and harmony within the church body is such a ginormous theme throughout the New Testament. God is fiercely protective of His bride (the Church). Even so, some pastors seem to think the best way to lead the church is by channeling, Tony Soprano. And Iâ€™m not referring to a prepubesant choir boy here.
They force their (not Godâ€™s) vision at all costs.
They hold everyone else to a standard they wouldnâ€™t consider themselves for 5 seconds.
They have to have their name on everything!
They compete for territory rather than celebrating the spiritual victories of others.
They try to be edgy while disregarding reverence.
I could go on, but I donâ€™t think I need to. Weâ€™ve all seen it and many of us have been tempted by all these things whether lay leader or pastor. The difference is that the God focused leader will always recognize it and fall on His knees before God to realign his heart.
I know Iâ€™ve had to do this more times than I can count.
Iâ€™m not proud of it.
You shouldnâ€™t be either.
Were you just judging?
I did a sermon this past week called, â€œGut Check.â€ Before an individual (or church) can do great things for God, there needs to be oneâ€”a gut check that is.
Who are you trying to please?
Who or what are you running this race for?
How big is your audience?
If you live for an audience any bigger than
Thereâ€™s only one way, John 14:6, read it.
Then weâ€™ll talk.