Cultivate unrealistic faith.

Several years ago, Publisher’s Weekly reviewed a new “management” book by the pastor of a huge church. Among other things they observed that “he has made a ministry out of giving advice to people slightly younger than himself,” drawing object lessons from the “travails” of pastoral leadership. Things like “unsnarling traffic flows in the church campus or shipping inspirational books and tapes during the Christmas rush.”

According to Pub Weekly:

Such examples impart an unintended lesson, which is that the size and complexity of today’s mega-churches and multi-media ministries force Christian leaders to view them through the lens of business administration.

Ouch.

And how true. Sliding from vision to administration is like gaining weight. Easy on, some day off. So the next time you visit the restroom, look yourself in the mirror and ask where you fall on the scale between spirit and management.

Here’s a boost of inspiration should you need one, excerpted from Roger Ebert’s old review of Dead Man Walking:

Movies about religion are often only that—movies about secular organizations that deal in spirituality. It is so rare to find a movie character who truly does try to live according to the teachings of Jesus that it’s a little disorienting. This character will behave according to what she thinks is right, not according to the needs of a plot, the requirements of a formula, or the pieties of those for whom religion, good grooming, polite manners, and prosperity are all more or less the same thing.

The movie comes down to a drama of an entirely unexpected kind: a spiritual drama, involving Matthew’s soul. Christianity teaches that all sin can be forgiven, and that no sinner is too low for God’s love. Sister Helen believes that. Truly believes it, with every atom of her being.

What a beautiful description of a youthworker. Time to clock out of the office for a little while and go soul searching.

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