If only I could go to _______’s church… How often do I hear this and how often have I said it myself. We are a people drawn to leadership and every once in a while we idolize a pastor and think our lives, and our church experience, would be so much better if I was part of that church… This is the rise of podcasts and blogging as influences on faith. And it is not all bad. But mostly.
I haven’t reached idolized status, and it is unlikely that I ever will, but I have been around the idolized and those that look fondly upon them. Steve Burchett gives some good tips if your preacher isn’t as great as you think he should be. I recommend it to you.
“We should praise the Lord for giving us outstanding, well-known preachers, but let us not forget Paul’s command to Timothy, who was entrenched in a local church with pastors whose names none of us knows: “The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching” (1 Tim. 5:17).”