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preaching article Ed Stetzer: How to Fight Ministry Pornography

Ed Stetzer: How to Fight Ministry Pornography

based on 6 ratings
Feb 2, 2013

Are you easily distracted by high-profile ministries? You might be guilty of "ministry pornography." In this video Ed Stetzer discusses the dangers of ministry comparison with Jon Acuff. 

 



Ed Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for EvangelismPreviously, he served as Executive Director of LifeWay Research. Ed recently started Mission Group in order to create unique and practical resources for church leaders. He has trained pastors and church planters on five continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Ed is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine and Catalyst Monthly, serves on the advisory council of Sermon Central and Christianity Today's Building Church Leaders, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN.

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Andrew Shields avatar
Andrew Shields
0 days ago
Thinking about the word Pornography. It objectifies people. It makes you want more, in a bad way, @ it leaves you unsatisfied, also in a bad way. So yes even though it was used to shock, I think it was used correctly. Don't dream for the big leagues, because if you are faithful, you are already there. This article was helpfulto me, a pastor called to a small church. Much more than a reflection on how to do a worship team with 5 services on a Sunday.
Steven Farless avatar
Steven Farless
0 days ago
I agree 100 and have had to overcome it myself. but it is a mixed message; the pressure, expectations, and insinuations are for us to become that pornographic picture instead of who we really are. "God is blessing them because they are mega." but the guy slugging it out in rural, urban, or blue collar areas where sin and personal destruction cannon hide behind glitter is patted on the back with token encouragement and pity. I agree Ed; but it will continue to be pornography until the message changes. Pornography is a publishing problem, as much as it is a consumer problem.
Steven Farless avatar
Steven Farless
0 days ago
I agree 100 and have had to overcome it myself. but it is a mixed message; the pressure, expectations, and insinuations are for us to become that pornographic picture instead of who we really are. "God is blessing them because they are mega." but the guy slugging it out in rural, urban, or blue collar areas where sin and personal destruction cannon hide behind glitter is patted on the back with token encouragement and pity. I agree Ed; but it will continue to be pornography until the message changes. Pornography is a publishing problem, as much as it is a consumer problem.
Prescott Jay Erwin avatar
Prescott Jay Erwin
0 days ago
This is a powerfu message which I've shared with my pastor friends via "facebook," HOWEVER the article is titled "How to Fight Ministry Pornography" and it's pretty shallow on the "how to." 1) Be aware, 2) Be satisfied, 3) Be obedient, those are all good, but it seems to fall short of "how to." Putting it in terms of "pornography" is helpful because it's a shocking reality; this needs to be fleshed out more for a "how to" article, otherwise give it a different title.
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0 days ago
Good dialogue. Yes. Very true as well. However, as a rural pastor I came here with the resolve that I came here to serve the King of Kings. I relinquished the 'grand' for the grander...being faithful to the call to feed God's sheep. I know that the phrase 'Publish or perish' becomes the mantra for the ones under THAT pressure where thousands flock to be fed on Sunday mornings in the large metropolis. But that is THEIR cross to bear. Mine is to be under the microscope of a small group of people in a town where everyone knows everyone else's business...true or not. I see the danger mentioned here. But I like having the men available on the computer as one of the ways to stay fresh and be encouraged. And broken. As I hear their passion, their message, see them broken in the middle of 'success'. I think what keeps me going is the picture that the Lord gave me when coming here about 3 years ago. Whether a family has 12 children or 1 the basic needs of the young being tended to are the same. I have the smaller 'family' but they need the same things and should be convicted regarding sin, righteousness and judgment just like the larger 'family'. IMHO
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0 days ago
Good dialogue. Yes. Very true as well. However, as a rural pastor I came here with the resolve that I came here to serve the King of Kings. I relinquished the 'grand' for the grander...being faithful to the call to feed God's sheep. I know that the phrase 'Publish or perish' becomes the mantra for the ones under THAT pressure where thousands flock to be fed on Sunday mornings in the large metropolis. But that is THEIR cross to bear. Mine is to be under the microscope of a small group of people in a town where everyone knows everyone else's business...true or not. I see the danger mentioned here. But I like having the men available on the computer as one of the ways to stay fresh and be encouraged. And broken. As I hear their passion, their message, see them broken in the middle of 'success'. I think what keeps me going is the picture that the Lord gave me when coming here about 3 years ago. Whether a family has 12 children or 1 the basic needs of the young being tended to are the same. I have the smaller 'family' but they need the same things and should be convicted regarding sin, righteousness and judgment just like the larger 'family'. IMHO

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