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.
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.]