Recommended Read: Relevant Magazine on the End of the Celebrity Pastor

Relevant magazine wrote an article recently about the celebrity pastor era and how its has failed. I would like to write and do analysis of this article shortly but in the meantime I would like to encourage people to read it. 

“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”

Lucille Ball 

“If you’re gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.”

Marilyn Monroe 

5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

2 Timothy 4:5 NLT 

Recently Relevant Magazine did a solid article that looks at the Harvest Bible Chapel scandal. This looks at how the celebrity pastor era is a failure. This was written after the departure of James MacDonald. You can read the article here. There is much to discuss on the celebrity pastor model. I would like to do an analysis within the upcoming week as to why the celebrity pastor model has failed.  This will be a brief post but I want to push this Relevant magazine article. 

3 thoughts on “Recommended Read: Relevant Magazine on the End of the Celebrity Pastor

  1. While it definitely carries its own set of risks, I think it might be possible to have some positives with a celebrity PREACHER, along the lines of a Billy Graham. Someone who gains a wide platform to share the gospel in a way widely accessible to many.

    But I have come to the conclusion that it is virtually internally contradictory to have a celebrity PASTOR. That is largely because a pastor has an inherently different role than a preacher. A preacher can function more or less independently of a particular church, and can be evaluated in his/her own right based on the message they are preaching and the life they are modeling. A pastor, however, is inherently tied to a church, to a body of people, and is charged with the care of those within the church. Yes, in many cases it is part of the pastor’s responsibilities to also preach, but that is just one aspect of the role. There is an intrinsic level of servanthood required for the role of the pastor: leading by example, constructing positive relationships, working to ensure that the spiritual and emotional and physical needs of the congregation are recognized and addressed, just to name a few examples. It is virtually impossible to achieve these things if the pastor is put on a pedestal above all others in the body, on a level of celebrity or authority that makes him/her somehow “other” than “the rest of us.”

    The story of the Incarnation is that God became flesh and dwelt among us. In order to reveal His character and show His love and to provide an example for us, God came and lived with us ON OUR LEVEL. He didn’t come and lord Himself over us, but rather provided the perfect example of servanthood: teaching people, yes, but also caring for people and meeting their needs and establishing relationships and communicating His love. He humbled Himself out of His great love for us. Why would we think it appropriate that we flip that entire narrative and elevate our human pastors and leaders to celebrity status??

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