In a day of too few heroes and way to many wannabees, those called to be servants of our Lord are facing a new era in the way the call to ministry is viewed.
Many churches are beginning to look at a pastor as simply a necessary evil. The value of a theological education is put right beside brushing ones teeth and getting an annual prostrate exam. More and more churches are looking for cheaper hired help or else have their own unintentional interim plan (even if they used an intentional interim control program).
Why has this happened?
1) The Pressler-Patterson destruction of the SBC.
2) The response to the takeover by the morally bankrupt fundamentalism of the left who were in power and beginning to enjoy the perks.
3) The CEO mindset offered by the Ken Hall-Charles Wade alliance (this was the case in Texas).
4) The scandals, power plays, and general misbehavior on both sides.
5) The dumbing down of the laity (brought on by preachers lowing expectations and focusing on numbers)
I am sure there are many other factors, but the fact is, preacher, whether you realize it or not you are viewed as a hired hand.
The only way I know to overcome this, is to remember who we are. We do no help church by accommodating their drift toward the world. If you have been called, you do have a divine connection that is needed and without which people do suffer.
The “professional”ministry is dying. The attraction of the material is waining with the drop off in offerings. Soon the wannabees and their material and psychological needs will have to find a new route because their just is not enough money or organization positions for them to occupy (I whole bunch of BGCT bureaucrats have tried to jump ship, but the churches will not pay them what the convention did and the churches will not put up with their lies and laziness)’
Those who are called understand we will live with affliction. It is what strengthens our endurance. This endurance (as the Scripture makes clear) will the most valuable possession in the world in the last days. We have a treasure the secular world cannot create nor market. Those of us who are called need to gather into guild where we can find acceptance, understanding, and fellowship for the days ahead. It will not come from the lunch bunches and their political maneuverings and wink-wink morality. It will not come from the wannabees who view each other as stepping stones. It can only come when our calling and our cadre’ are joined into a cloud of witnesses. God is not through yet, in fact the greatest challenge is just beginning.
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