I usually try to avoid post titles that exclaim an indictment toward the church. I find that them filled with one cliché after another, and written in “Christianise”. That is their vocabulary is only understood by those well indoctrinated by the church. I do believe we should exhort the church when necessary. The apostles did so in their letters. I don’t see where they only offer a steady diet of criticism though. It’s self-defeating.
With that said I offer this with fear and trepidation. Knowing I’m responsible for my words and how they impact the reader.
So, Why is it that pastors avoid controversy? Here is a list. Both of valid and invalid reasons. That’s right, there are valid reasons for pastors to act this way. here goes:
- Nickles and noses. The fear you may drive away parishioners. Invalid, Jesus Himself did not avoid “hard sayings”
- Nickles and noses. What? again? Valid, Jesus often spoke in parables with hidden messages that could only be fully understood by true seekers. The un-churched could still understand enough to aid them in their walk.
- Inability to communicate. Invalid. It is incumbent upon pastors to learn to not only understand the word, but also learn to communicate it in a way that the congregation can understand as well. Take some public speaking classes Even acting and humor classes can help you add the proper timing and inflection. It’s not a lack of faith. It’s an exercise of faith and confirmation that God has chosen you to preach when you purposefully attempt to make it a craft. preaching is an art as well as a science Avoid saying “um” 90 times in a 30 minute message. Don’t ask your spouse to critique you. It’s not fair to them.
That’s enough for now. And that’s about 95% of the battle.