Be vulnerable and honest and personal, but not too personal because this isn’t a therapy session and we need lots of Bible but not too much because it has to relate to what’s happening in our lives and in the world today but it can’t be political and it has to be challenging and deep and significant and at the same time easy for everybody to understand and it has to be funny but not too funny because you’re not a comedian you’re a pastor and while you’re at it mix it up and try new things and don’t get it in a rut but make sure to be consistent and talk about your own struggles, but not too much because that’s depressing. And we love stories about your family. But not too many. That can be weird. Just be vulnerable and honest and…
I must say this quote hit me pretty good. I think I place too many expectations on any given pastor. For some of us who have been in church for a long time, it’s hard not to compare preachers to others or analyze what we would have done or said differently. I think this is especially true in an age where we have access to all the top preachers on the planet at the tips of our fingers. Sometimes our expectations of preachers get a little bit ridiculous.
According to research, the number one reason someone chooses a church is based on the senior pastor. There is a lot of emphasis on the sermon, which I personally find incredible value in, but it is important to remember that the church is lived out in and through us as followers of Christ, throughout the week.
I saw the picture above of this quote from someone who attended one of Rob’s events about a month ago and it has stuck with me. Anytime something gets my wheels turning for more than a week, I try to process it with others.
So what do you think? Are your expectations of a preacher as ridiculous as mine can be?