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 most comfortable with, these are good folks and part of me wants to join them.
However, my key observation was their excitement over their new leader, who will officially arrive in two weeks. Their 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 people on a pedestal, we form unrealistic expectations for them. As with all people, inevitably they will one day disappoint. 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.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.