Perry Noble recommended this post by Gary Lamb about the challenges that these emergent-church pastors face. Lamb says he doesn’t know what to do about it, though I think he is blind to the real problem.
- In the early days of people attending your church they will love your passion. When the newness wears off, they will hate your passion.
- People will come to your church because they love your heart to reach lost people. Over time when they realize it isn’t about them, they will hate that you have a heart to reach lost people.
- People will love how “real” you are in life and from the stage but then you will do something they don’t like, that is human or they feel crosses the line and they will hate how “real” you are.
When you make church all about the pastor, these problems are inevitable and insoluble. Surely the solution is to make church about someone else.