Perry Noble was at it again a few days ago, criticizing other pastors for drawing a paycheck.
Unfortunately for some church leaders passion isn’t their motivation…a paycheck is…and because of that their vision is “always for sale!”
The curious thing about this particular complaint is that, while PN is probably the highest-paid pastor in the state, he earns his money precisely from selling his vision.
Selling vision to the congregation is one of the highest priorities a pastor can have, according to Noble.
My advice…get alone with God–develop a vision…a GOD SIZED vision. Share that vision with people–challenge them to get on board. The ones that can’t–let them leave–it’s ok, people walked away from Jesus, they will walk away from you as well. AND then continually cast that vision over and over and over again.
Do you suppose if Noble changed his vision radically, he’d still get his paycheck? Not that that’s likely:
When you cast a compelling vision…it will fire some people up and piss some people off…
And the ones that are pissed are usually the most vocal.
But you can’t allow the pissed to trump the passion God has placed inside of you!
AND…you’ve got to understand that there are people ON BOARD! People DO BELIEVE in the vision God has placed IN you.
Yesterday I picked up Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Church book for a series of posts I’m developing for next week, and found this instruction to pastors that helps us understand why Noble is such a visionary.
People give to vision, not to need. …It is not the neediest institutions that attract contributions but those with the greatest vision….
If your church is constantly short on cash, check out your vision. Is it clear? Is it being communicated effectively? Money flows to God-given, Holy Spirit-inspired ideas. Churches with money problems often actually have a vision problem. (p. 202)
Did you catch that? Vision is a money-making device, completely divorced from actual need.
So, Noble complaining about pastors being paid for their vision is like Obama and Pelosi complaining about people flying in private jets.
Just a little rich.