Jump directly to the Content

Scan the brochures that hit a pastor's desk, and you'd assume the greatest challenge facing pastors today is providing leadership. Many conferences pledge to help with casting vision so you can, to paraphrase Star Trek, "boldly lead where no pastor has led before."

But as difficult as leadership is, pastors face a greater challenge: to love the ordinary church.

It's hard to lead; it's even harder to love. And to love an ordinary church requires a lifetime of spiritual growth.

On blue Mondays, we may wistfully long to pastor the extraordinary church—the kind that's growing, that boasts great lay leaders and spiritual intensity and power, that offers PowerPoint presentations, a cool Web site, and conferences to help ordinary churches become extraordinary.

But in our saner moments we remember that even the high-visibility congregation is an odd-lots assortment of messed-up people who found Jesus. A cutting-edge worship band does not eliminate parishioners' Original Sin. Every pastor faces ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
'Help, I'm Gay'
'Help, I'm Gay'
A pastoral conversation about same-sex attraction
From the Magazine
What Christian Aid Workers Want You to Know About Afghanistan
What Christian Aid Workers Want You to Know About Afghanistan
US forces are withdrawing after 20 years, but the story of Christian aid work goes far beyond military conflict.
Editor's Pick
Can This Texas Pastor Lay Hands on an Inmate During Execution?
Can This Texas Pastor Lay Hands on an Inmate During Execution?
Q&A with SBC minister Dana Moore on the power of prayer in a state death chamber.
close