How do you define a successful church?
How do we measure success as a pastor?
For that matter, how do we measure success in ______________?
As you read this post, I want to invite you to consider replacing ‘celebrity pastor‘ with ‘celebrity __________’. Insert your area of profession or focus and consider the content of this post.
I’m come to realize that part of my calling as a pastor and leader is to be an encouragement to other pastors – but especially to those that don’t “measure up” to how we in the church subculture often directly or indirectly elevate stories of successful pastors – aka ‘celebrity pastors.’
This post isn’t a criticism of celebrity pastors. Hardly at all. Instead, it’s a post to accentuate the importance of all those who serve and lead in the church – but especially those pastors you’ll never hear of; Those that are not part of the preaching circuit; Those that don’t have publishing deals, etc.
I am not a successful pastor. I don’t pastor a mega-church or a large church. I don’t facilitate astronomical budgets, earn a huge salary, travel with huge entourages, fly on private jets, and have thousands upon thousands of sermon subscribers.
But nevertheless, I have influence.
We all do.
I’m simply trying to be faithful to the things, to the people, to the city, Read the rest of this entry »