In Honor of the Ordinary No-Name Pastor

In every subculture — including American Evangelicalism — there exists the cult of personality.  That is, the veneration of the elite cadre of men and women that well-meaning folk aspire to imitate.  This is not necessarily bad.  Indeed, these men and women are usually called role models, and the Scripture enjoins us to imitate them (1 Cor 4:16; Heb 6:12; 13:7; 3 John 1:11).

But this is a double-edged sword which may lead the vast majority of ministry leaders to despair of ever having any “real” ministry (defined by a certain number of podcast subscribers or blog post mentions, etc.)

Two resources to encourage, then, the ordinary no-name pastor:

This post by Tim Keller urging young pastors to start in a country church because one is more likely to receive hands-on training there rather than in a megachurch of specialists.

Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor by D. A. Carson [entire PDF available here].  In this book, Carson chronicles the life of his dad, an ordinary pastor.

Being ordinary is okay as long as you’re faithful.

[5/26/2010 update: How can I compete with Internet sermons? is also a helpful and encouraging word.]

One thought on “In Honor of the Ordinary No-Name Pastor

  1. tim be told! the lead singer/pianist is the brother of a friend of a friend of mine…so i guess i don’t really know him, but yeah…nevermind!

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