Archive for October 13th, 2006

A Thought From My Old Buddy, Eugene…

October 13, 2006

Everyone be prepared: I just started reading another Eugene Peterson “pastoral” book. I’m sorry, but you might be inundated with a thousand references to Peterson for a while…

The book is titled, The Unnecessary Pastor, a book Peterson co-authored with Marva Dawn. I’m not giving a book review – I’m still in the Introduction (page 4). But, as is often the case with Peterson, he wrote something that grabbed me so hard I laughed out loud, had to set the book down and share the thought with someone.

Here’s what he wrote: I am in conversation right now with a dozen or so men and women who are prepared to be pastors and who are waiting to be called by a congregation. And I am having the depressing experience of reading congregational descriptions of what these churches want in a pastor. With hardly an exception they don’t want pastors at all – they want managers of their religious company. They want a pastor they can follow so they won’t have to bother with following Jesus anymore.

Prompt any thoughts from anyone out there?