I have noticed a trend in churches that is becoming more popular, that is the trend of making the “face” of the church (pastors and platform personalities) more appealing (muscular, fashionable, slender, etc.) and valuing that more than having proven character and experience. The church has developed a Hollywood mentality. Preachers, worship leaders, and other key leaders have to be hot and sexy while having some kind of ability to do the job. That sounds funny, but it’s true. Who wants a fat guy with several years experience or an old guy who has a great track record with church growth? Nobody! Let’s look for someone with more energy and little to no experience because our church wants to be cool. The sad part is that committees made up of the most popular people in the church (or those who won the beauty contest) decide who the next church staff member will be. They poll the congregation for an age range, number of children, etc. and God is not even consulted. These committees often contain those who aren’t very committed to the church. It’s sad, really. What benefit or harm do these decisions have on the church?
The power and popularity get to the heads of these leaders who are promoted before their time. God honors humility. Scripture says that God hates a proud look, yet arrogance in ministry infects traditional and contemporary churches alike.
These inexperienced leaders are looking for the next best thing. Your church will just be a resume builder for them. They’ll hang out at your church for a couple of years until a better opportunity comes along. And you’ll wonder why.
Their inexperience will create unnecessary drama if you choose not to mentor them. Give them free reign and they will think they own the place. I have seen guys like this go into an associate role of some sort only to think they should be running things. Just because a guy looks hip with his guitar and skinny jeans, that doesn’t mean his heart is pure.
They will assist your church in taking the focus off Jesus. You want your people to come to your church because the preacher is awesome, right? Maybe because the band rocks? As good as those things are, they amount to nothing if Jesus isn’t the hero of the day or the star of the show.
I know you want to grow your church. I hate to burst your bubble, but you can’t. “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it” (Psalm 127:1). Jesus also said in Matthew 16:18 that HE would build HIS church. You obey God and let Him do the building. Then give Him all the glory and humbly take your place as His servant.