Earlier I said that Jesus’ love motivated him to affront and assail that which would do his disciples harm—even when they cherished it as good, nice, or comfortable. A different love entices pastors to retreat from challenging, offending, and opposing the mediocrity their parishioners hold as true. By mediocrity I mean those who merely attend church services, and perhaps belong to Christian organizations, but are not personally experiencing life transformation, or sacrificing in a way that puts their personal comfort at risk.

Trouble is, it is not love for them that keeps you from goring their sacred cows of compromise.

You don’t want the push back. You say to yourself, there’s no point in stirring up a hornet’s nest. You’re already on thin ice with several stakeholders in the church. No need to rock the boat. You’re already tired enough. Besides, they’ve made you pay when your preaching got too personal a while back.

–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage.” more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/


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