Thought this was such a thought provoking quote:
“The pastors of America have metamorphosed into a company of shopkeepers, and the shops they keep are churches.”
Eugene Peterson (@PetersonDaily)
12/29/14, 7:36 AM
It’s true on so many levels, from the way pastors care, maintain and treat everything from people and families and budgets, to physical buildings and possessions.
How we constantly try and think of new ways to serve a community, produce a constant stream of content, and pull off weekly “shows” that hopefully please both God and man.
How we’re are always looking to expand the kingdom’s influence and reach more people, expanding into “new markets.”
New ways to market what we’re doing, maintaining the integrity of what people experience (a brand).
Long hours, few reprieves.
Strategizing, praying, meeting, counseling, brainstorming, assessing, hiring, firing, accounting, resourcing.
We must have a clear mission, but never at the expense of our values. A mission without values leaves hurting people in its wake.
We’re spiritual shopkeepers in a material world. The correlations between being an entrepreneur and a pastor are too numerous to count, and the disciplines required for both are tightly bound.
Thank you, Pastors, for all you carry; thank you Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists and Teachers. May the five-fold positions of ministry continue to keep the shop lights on for those walking in the dark.