Wednesday, June 1, 2011

American Idol

I have learned that the preaching office is alot like American Idol:
The overwhelming majority of people who really really really want to go far have no talent at all and are actually painful to listen to.
Would that every seminary had a Simon Cowell conducting evaluations!


Rev. Eric J Brown said...

There are few things worse than a pastor who has "ambitions" - that is, who desires to be anything other than simply and pastor and is using the pastoral office as a means to advancement.

Tying this to people who use a game show to get famous is spot on. Also acceptable would be comparing them to folks who play the lottery in order to fund their retirement.

Mike Baker said...

I agree. Ambitious leaders--pastors especially--can be dangerous. I've met these kinds of preachers and they are bad news.

...but there is an even larger group of people that fall under this metaphor:

The talentless who don't understand that they are talentless. The William Hungs of the pastoral office. In this case, I don't think that the problem with this specific group of guys is "ambition" so much as a total lack of self-awareness.

Hearing some people who can't preach, I can hear Simon Cowell saying, "I'm sure that you're a nice guy and I know that you mean well... but you are terrible and you need to know that."