Ever since the mass media began enabling fame for ministry leaders, adoring church people have scurried to emulate their heroes. The result has been a wave of copycat terms and behaviors–repeated not because they make sense, but because they’re used by the cool and the famous.
Here’s a sampling of ministry me-too-isms:
- When you preach, sit on a stool.
- But don’t preach. Give a message.
- Call yourself a “communicator.”
- Name yourself the “lead pastor.”
- Don’t love people. Love ON people.
- “Press in.” (Don’t know why.)
- Call the worship location a “campus.” (Even if it’s in a jail or on the web.)
- Refer to teenagers as “students.” (But don’t use the “student” word for elementary school students or college students. They’re not “students.”)
- Dispatch men in little orange vests to direct traffic in the parking lot.
- Wear a golf shirt or hawaiian shirt when you preach. Make sure it is untucked.
I guess it’s all scriptural. “Ye are . . . a peculiar people.” (1 Peter 2:9)
What would you add to the copycat list?
This post was written by Thom Schultz. You can find the original post here: http://holysoup.com/2013/05/15/9-ways-to-me-too-your-ministry-heroes/
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