Imagine a softball team in which catchers play all nine positions. Very well-equipped catchers. Maybe overly well-equipped catchers.

Can you see it?

Catcher’s glove. Catcher’s mask. Chest protector. Shin pads. The whole get-up.

Now, put that catcher on the mound and ask her to pitch… Put her in left to run down a deep fly ball… Or, at short to turn a ground ball into a double play.

This is the Church in the West today.

What do teaching-gifted ministers produce? They produce people who learn. People who learn lots of things, important things, and not much else.

I’m not denigrating the teaching gift. I’m denigrating the notion of the teaching-only ministry. I’m inviting you to look at the results of recurring generations of pastor/teacher-dominant ministry in the West.

Are you impressed by what you see?

 

-Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

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