How important is it that people can "relate" to the pastor? Do they want the preacher to model strength or weakness? Should a pastor be a voice of authority or a fellow struggler?
The answer is seldom either/or. But clearly, there are two opinions on the matter, and at the heart of the issue is the role of a pastor. To bring clarity to the discussion, Leadership asked two respected leaders to make their case on how authentic a pastor should be.
Be Honest About Myself
by James Emery White
On Saturday, September 13, 1997, Miss Illinois, Katherine Shindle, was crowned Miss America 1998. Due to sagging ratings, the 1997 pageant was designed differently than it was in years past. The most obvious change, of course, was the addition of two-piece swimsuits. Ratings soared.
But other changes may have contributed to the higher ratings.
Pageant officials wanted the new Miss America to be what she presented herself to be; for example, no contestant was allowed a custom-made swimsuit. The interview of the ...1