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A Few Things About Church

June 23, 2007

I am not a novice when it comes to church. I have been in full time pastoral ministry and church leadership for more than 11 years. Before that I served for free in small, medium and large churches. I graduated from Bible college and seminary. I have visited dozens of churches all over the US and in China, the Philippines, Moldova, South Africa, and Lesotho. I’ve been to the big city, I’ve seen the circus. Here are some things I have learned along the way.

You can go against the Bible, but you can’t go against culture. People will be patient with bad theology, but not with being different.

No one loves a man who tells the truth. He may be respected, he will be despised, but not loved.

No one wants to hear about how their religion is to affect the way they live. They want to hear about the truth and what it means, but not about how they need to change.

Most pastors ‘make it’ becuase of their personality and schmooze ability, not because of preaching and ministerial ability. The cream does rise to the top and true ministers can last for decades, but culture and personality are more favored by the masses.

I am not complaining. I am also not cynicial. But, you have to deal in reality if you want to help make it better.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2007 6:34 am

    maybe its time for a Sabbath?

  2. June 25, 2007 4:50 am

    Dude, you are so right. I hate to admit it, but you are so right. It’s sad, but you are so right.

    I would add some.

    No matter how long you are at a church, you will never be “family”.

    Trust no one.

    Don’t be close friends with anyone, but be friendly to everyone.

    Never truly open up to folks, from the pulpit or one-on-one (in the church).

    True prophets usually get killed because of their preaching, false prophets do well.

    All the same, preaching is the best job you have to learn not to hate! Hang in there, friend!

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