I wonder why we assume that the important ministers should be chased like they are some celebrity.

12 07 2010

I wonder why we assume that the important ministers should be chased like they are some celebrity.  

Or maybe it’s just me and what I have been taught.

I have learned that you find who you admire and want to mentor you and you ask them if you can tag along, if you could join them, learn from them, be like them. I learned you find the best in the game, your field, the area, the profession and become their pupil. You seek them out and learn how to be the greatest from them.

It sounds ideal and pretty normal, except I am not sure that’s 100% the proper discipleship model.

Jesus is kind of huge. He is pretty much this revolutionary figure who is the reason for Christian ministry today. And yet He did the hard work of hand-picking His disciples. Jesus walked to find people and invited them to personally join Him on a quest. Jesus sweated and got sore feet finding people He personally called to be with Him.

The pressure was on Jesus, not to find the perfect students, but the right disciples.

The work was Jesus’. Not the disciples’.

Because it was not the disciples’ job to call themselves, but Jesus’ to call them out.

In Matthew 20 (vs. 1-16), the parable of the vineyard workers, the owner calls people to work in his vineyard, not the other way around. There is no presentation of a resume, a long list of ministerial experience, or extroverted personality requirement. Just a call.

Ministers have moved away from that model. I don’t know why. I don’t understand why some ministers see themselves as so vital to the ministry of God, the superstar of the church, that they are no longer doing the hard work of seeking workers but want workers to seek them. There’s been this strange reversal that encourages worshipping the pastor instead of God; both the pastor and the protégée are not seeking God together in caring for the harvest but the pastor expects to be the people’s harvest.

At the end of the day this reversed disciple model encourages an increased desire for the pastor of God and not God.

In the Matthew text, the workers did not even know they were supposed to do this work. God calls people into work and ministry they may not have ever done before.  They don’t call themselves. If they did, wouldn’t that defeat the purpose of God doing the empowering?

Ministers who have gotten to a place where they expect people to work hard to get close to them because they are so important may be missing something. Like humility. Perhaps they’re missing the fact that the owner is the one who initiates this movement of harvest by doing the hard work of recruiting workers to gather fruit from dawn to dusk. The owner works before any worker until the latest part of the day.

He is supposed to be a 6am to 11pm type of minister. No photo-shoots. No women doing the real work and he calling it his own…

 Maybe the true role of a minister is not corporate but personally recruiting legacy-keepers. Maybe the job of a pastor, minister, evangelist, etc. is one where they seek those who they plan to pass on the mantle to.

Jesus did and He was pretty pastoral, right?

 Maybe it’s not about how long a pastor or minister can keep their position and influence, but about how to keep the ministry going through the next generation of spiritual examples and leaders.


%d bloggers like this: