A faceless, nameless, pastor.

A faceless, nameless, pastor.

Seems like people are looking for something a little extra, a Pastor+, a rockstar. Err’body wants to be that “cool” pastor. The one with a slick insta, clever quotes and 🔥  sermon clips.

I used to try so hard to be that guy, but I’m over it. I don’t want to be an entertaining, self promoting, personal brand anymore. My calling is to lay my life down, not lift myself up. I serve, protect, and equip others for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12). I do not expect people to serve me, protect me, and put me on a pedestal, even in the name of “honor”. Unfortunately, many of the guys who “inspired” me in my early years of ministry were all celebrities who have since fallen into sin and been released from their pastor jobs. Most of the pastors I looked up to back in 2011, 2012, 2013 are now considered cheaters, liars, abusers, and narcissists. They’ve been fired from their ministries. I could name names but too many fan boys would be offended and come after me in the comments.

Honestly, I’m tired of celebrity pastors. And I’m tired of the pressure to be like them.  Pastors aren’t supposed to be cool. We are not supposed to be “fashionistas” or “visionaries.” We are ALL called to decrease, so that Jesus can increase (John 3:30). HIS name should be popular, not MINE. 

Someone on FB in a pastor support group recently asked “which preacher/pastor has influenced your ministry the most?” Everyone threw celebrity names in the pot, but I threw in names like Mark Whitfield, Bill Rose Sr, Cutty Peacock. Nobody knows their names, but they are the ones who truly influenced and formed me. I might have lusted after some celebrities, but the faceless, nameless pastors are the ones who were on the phone with me at midnight, or meeting me for coffee randomly to discuss my marriage issues, and helping me make important life decisions.

I don’t want to be the rich celebrity pastor who gets all the likes and clicks and gets retweeted because of his shoes. Instead, I want to be the underdog who dives on the ball and comes up bruised, but makes the play anyway.

I want to be the faceless, nameless, pastor who will never get the adoration of the world because his desire was for Jesus to have all of the glory. I want to be the guy who teaches other guys how to read and understand the Bible. I want to be the guy who takes random midnight phone calls, teaches the importance of sexual purity, and spends hours talking with younger dudes about Jesus instead of clothes, brands, or other celebrity church stuff.

Pastors, we don’t need to look awesome, we don’t need to be cool. We need to be “just Pastors.”

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