Jump directly to the Content

The Evangelical Industrial Complex & the Rise of Celebrity Pastors (Pt. 1)

Behind the rise of today's pastoral pantheon is a systemic economic force.

Last week Bob Hyatt wrote about the temptations created by the celebrity pastor culture we live in and the harm it causes to our souls. He's not the only one talking about the issue. Both Relevant Magazine and the Together for the Gospel conference are talking about it. The issue I'm referring to is celebrity pastors. Rachel Held Evans' recent article in Relevant, "When Jesus Meets TMZ," seeks to explain the rise of celebrity pastors within evangelicalism. (A panel at the T4G conference will address the same topic in April.) Evans' article does a good job of outlining our corrupt human tendency to make our leaders into idols–a temptation evident from Christianity's earliest days (see 1 Corinthians 3:21), and which has marked every era of the Church. Before Osteen, Warren, and Driscoll, there were Moody, Spurgeon, and Whitefield. Celebrity pastors are not new.

But what is new is the number of celebrity pastors and the speed with which they are being ...

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.

November
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
The God Strategy
The God Strategy
Religion has become a political weapon in America, and in the church.
From the Magazine
My Body Is a Temple, Not a Fighting Machine
My Body Is a Temple, Not a Fighting Machine
Why I left a promising boxing career behind after coming to Christ.
Editor's Pick
Who Canceled the Apostle Paul?
Who Canceled the Apostle Paul?
Lessons from the first Christian influencer on how to lead when you are hated.
close