“Not every Christian man with an entrepreneurial spirit and a gift for speaking should be a pastor.
I say this kindly—if your drive is not to feed the sheep, please quit. You may have missed your calling. Your gifts could be used more effectively elsewhere, perhaps for starting a business or a nonprofit.
We don’t need any more salesmen in the pulpit. We need tenders of the sheep. We need shepherds up to their elbows in Christ’s little lambs.
Pastor, if you do not get to the end of your week without at least a little wool on your jacket, you might not be a shepherd.”~ Jared C. Wilson
“Sometimes, we’re quick to dismiss constructive criticism because of who it’s coming from.
Whether we like it or not, there are times where our ‘enemies’ are actually RIGHT about us…
…and we need to be humble enough to admit that God can use someone who’s against us for our good.”
~ Skye Jethani
“I think the overriding value in a lot of evangelical churches is to set the bar as low as possible in order to get as many as we can to engage.
And because we keep the bar so low, we never really expect much from church attendees. We don’t expect that they’ll be trained in the full Christian worldview, with a healthy understanding of scripture…we don’t expect them to learn, nor do we expect them to change.
So, I think we’ve created this tension between wanting to have a big church, and wanting to have committed and deep disciples of Jesus.
And I would argue that in far too many of our churches, we’ve focused on the size of our churches rather than the depth of our disciples.”
~ Skye Jethani