PASTORS! THE ENTERTAINMENT CULTURE MUST CEASE! You Cant do Enough To Fill Your Church.

When our church gatherings focus on how we can entertain the masses in order to create and maintain high attendance numbers, we know we have veered off course. Today,  pastors are finding so many means to pull members into church and they call it modern day evangelism dynamics. John 6:44 says ” No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:”. We need to understand as leaders of ministry that, filling your church is God’s business not yours. STOP using the deceiving ways of men because the church will collapse at the end if you don’t trust in God fully.

When a church’s operating budget is consumed with the costs associated with trying to entertain the masses, we can be confident in saying we have missed the mark. Living on a diet of entertainment is like feeding on candy—it may satisfy our sweet tooth, but we will soon become hungry for something more. A consistent diet of candy may taste good for a while, but will quickly lead to malnourishment. Over time, we will become pale, weak and unable to contribute.

Likewise, when we feed the church a consistent diet of entertainment, those feasting on our Christianized-candy will eventually become malnourished, weak and unable to contribute to the life of the body. As a result, their presence will add pressure on the remaining parts of the body because sugar-fed Christians always require more time and resources than well-fed Christians ever will.

The consequence of creating an entertainment-based church culture is that ministry practitioners are often seen to be the stars of the show, while those in the seats tend to view themselves as paying customers, waiting to be entertained. Yet,  Those big stages and flashy lights have a way of honoring the wrong presence.” An entertainment-based church culture sees its ministry practitioners as the stars of the show.

What will inevitably happen over time is that people will start to determine their attendance on the quality of the production, on what songs are chosen and how those in leadership make them feel, resulting in the cultivation of a consumerist-based mindset. However, I’ve observed, “you cannot build a church on consumers.”

Story: Nick Solomon

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An Open Letter to All Pastors and Church Staff

To all pastors and church staff,

I want you to know that I know being a pastor or church staff member is the most difficult job in the world. While it has unbelievable highs, and on its best days is the most rewarding occupation/calling in the world, it is also the most difficult. Unlike those of us in the marketplace, you lead volunteer armies and face an enemy (Satan and his demons) we may or may not encounter on a regular basis.

You have given your lives to serve people like me, my family and friends. As a result, the two most important words I and everyone else under your leadership can ever say is “THANK YOU.”

1. Thank you for going to God on our behalf and praying for us daily.

2. Thank you for studying God’s Word and communicating its truths to us in a compelling fashion.

3. Thank you and your family for being willing to live in a fishbowl.

4. Thank you for demonstrating grace, love and patience when people question your motives and competency. Sheep may be dumb, but they bite. And they have a taste for pastors and church staff.

5. Thank you for putting in countless hours.

6. Thank you for being a continual learner.

7. Thank you for being men and women of impeccable character and integrity.

8. Thank you to your spouses and children for their willingness to share you with us.

9. Thank you for helping us discover our spiritual gifts.

10. Thank you for challenging and then helping us live a life of meaning and purpose.

11. Thank you for seeing what we could be through the power of Jesus Christ and not just what we currently are.

12. Thank you for presiding over the landmark moments of our lives—baptisms, weddings and funerals.

13. Thank you for telling us, “You’re going to make it. It’s going to be OK.”

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