Ministry Inside.132

no counterfeit logo [Converted]Beware of counterfeit ministry!

1. A church leader can become more concerned about image than reality. This church leader will spend much time and energy projecting a particular persona while the reality of this person’s life is elsewhere. In every generation, there is a temptation to want to appear cool, relevant, successful, sought after, important, etc. (Some words will resonate better than others. Nevertheless, the same principle is at work.) Unfortunately, that same person may be settling for a superficial spirituality instead of rigorous discipleship.

2. A church leader can speak one way in public settings while speaking very differently in private. Years ago, a woman shared with me her disappointment in a preacher who spoke warm words about a former elder at a church banquet. That same evening, he privately mocked and made fun of the same man he had honored in the public setting.

3. A church leader may verbally give the impression of experiencing a deep intimacy with God while the reality is far different. All the right words are used. Yet this can be a false intimacy when a person is more concerned with creating a particular impression than living out that reality.

4. A church leader can learn to “turn it on” in public settings while giving little prayer or thought to what is really being said. Consequently, there might be quite a contradiction between one’s private self and one’s public self.

These temptations can lead to ministry shortcuts that prevent us from being authentic and genuine. What I have found helpful in my own life and ministry is to keep going back to the basic reality of who I am in Christ. Or, to put it another way, keep going back to the reality of what it means to follow Jesus.

These basic questions can be helpful:

*Do I follow Jesus each day and live in obedience to his Lordship?

*Do I nurture my relationship with him by prayer, time with the Scriptures, and the many other spiritual disciplines available?

*Am I attentive to being an authentic Christ-follower in those areas of my life when I am not using a microphone, social media or any other form of public presence?

*Do those who know me best see me as a person who is attempting to lessen the gap between my public and private self?

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2 thoughts on “Ministry Inside.132

  1. Did those church leaders whom you mention get their positions because they were genuine people or because they donated a lot of money and were influential? Also, can they be replaced? I know there is a fight between elder reaffirmation and getting the position for life.

  2. In my case only a couple had money and none felt like they had the position for life. A third of the elders were re-affirmed each time new ones were nominated. Every person in the eldership during my 22 years there spoke their mind about each issue that came up, each one was heard, no one or two men dominated the conversation and certainly no one person always got their way. We did not always agree but at the end of each meeting when there were differences of opinion those men made sure to shake hands or pat each other on the back and tell them that they loved them. Eventually we would come to a consensus there was mutual respect for each other among the leadership, elders and ministers. And a genuine concern for the flock by all. I feel honored to have been ask to serve with such Godly men.