Reflecting on Church #43: Don’t Put Your Pastor on a Pedestal

Reflecting on Church #43: Don’t Put Your Pastor on a Pedestal

With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #43.

This congregation received us warmly and embraced our presence. They exuded a sense of family, just as true church should be. I felt a peace. I felt at home. As a community, they drew me in.

Although their service style was not what I’m comfortable with, these are good folks and part of me wants to join them.

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However, my key observation was their excitement over their new leader, who will officially arrive in two weeks. The church’s enthusiasm was palpable. It was contagious and soon I joined in their anticipation.

I wanted to come back in a few weeks to meet her.

However, I’m concerned over the height of their anticipation. Surely, no person can live up to that and meet everyone’s wishes. When we put a pastor on a pedestal, we form unrealistic expectations for our spiritual leader.

As with all people, inevitably our ministers will one day disappoint us. And the higher the pedestal, the greater the disappointment.

I pray that the potential leadership before them will successfully emerge and not be thwarted as the newness of their minister’s arrival wears off.

[See my reflections about Church #42 and Church #44 or start with Church #1.]

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