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preaching article You Might Be a Celebrity Pastor Wannabe If...

You Might Be a Celebrity Pastor Wannabe If...

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Jul 6, 2015
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In blogdom, writing and pastoral ministry in general, there is a temptation to pursue being popular, to pursue being a celebrity. Yet, in order to follow Christ, we must deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Him (Matt. 16:24). This includes denying our desire to be popular, our desire to be celebrities.

Are you a celebrity Christian wannabe?

You might be a celebrity Christian wannabe if…

1. You’d rather minister to strangers on the Internet than those in the hospital or nursing home, shut-ins or orphans. These people cannot do anything to increase your celebrity status.

2. You’re jealous when other godly voices are heard and heeded above your own. God’s glory is no longer your goal, for your voice must be heard.

3. You frequently link to other celebrity Christians in hope that they’ll notice you and return the favor. Thus, you rarely link to the articles of anyone who isn’t a celebrity Christian.

4. You’re no longer corrected or taught by your local pastor(s), Sunday school teachers, small group leaders and other Christians. You’re the celebrity, they’re not; they should learn from you. Yet, if God’s word is true and authoritative, any Christian who teaches it accurately will do.

5. You’d never take a ministry position that limited or decreased your popularity.

6. You cannot correct the wrong doctrines of your heroes or admit when they’re wrong. “By Scripture alone” is a mantra you don’t heed. After all, you cannot “bite the hand that feeds.” Correcting other celebrity Christians in your theological camp will hurt your celebrity status.

7. Before helping another pastor, writer, etc., you ask, “What’s in it for me?” instead of “How can I love God and my neighbor?” For the sake of your own celebrity status, you must help those who can help you.

8. You’re not willing to be unknown. Knowing and loving God is not enough for your Christian life. You must be popular, and you’re willing to sin to reach your goal.

9. You care more about shares than prayer. You’re addicted to social media and your status there, which encourages you to have a poor prayer-life, among other sins.

10. You’re a Christian pastor, author, blogger, writer, teacher, etc.



Jared has served in pastoral ministry since 2000. He is the pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Hustonville, KY. He is the author of 10 Sacred Cows in Christianity That Need to Be Tipped. Jared is married to Amber and they have four children. He is a teaching assistant for Bruce Ware at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) and a  PhD Student in Systematic Theology at SBTS. You can take Jared's Udemy Course, "How to Enjoy God Through Movies, TV, Music, Books, etc." with this link for 43% off. Engage popular culture with Scripture. Enjoy God through popular culture.

 

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Irene Allen avatar
Irene Allen
0 days ago
Ouch.
Edwin Crozier avatar
Edwin Crozier
0 days ago
Thank you. #1 hit me right where I needed to be hit.
John Motaung avatar
John Motaung
0 days ago
I am a church of Christ member and I like your comment every time I open this SermonCentral web. Thank you.
Charles Wallis avatar
Charles Wallis
0 days ago
Good points I need to hear and live out. There is a lot of Christian celebrity "worship" in our world that often goes too far especially in the world of social media. I am happy I can still go to Sunday School and even learn from children. It is interesting that these articles always list the accolades of the authors who seem to usually be pretty well known people (celebrities?).
Jared Moore avatar
Jared Moore
0 days ago
Charles, the two books I've authored are self-published, and I pastor a church of about 55 people. I'm not a big deal brother. The celebrity temptation though is there for everyone. We must be willing to be obscure, so long as God is glorified.
Patrick Hazard avatar
Patrick Hazard
0 days ago
I said the same thing ... I appreciate the idea but this is way to polarizing ... and casts a web too wide. Additionally, I find it ironic that the authors are always listing their own accolades. When they list them it;s called validation of their qualifications though ... which is different.
Matthew  Roberts avatar
Matthew Roberts
0 days ago
You forgot one: you want to get your article posted on sermoncentral.com.
Hugo Fries avatar
Hugo Fries
0 days ago
good one
Matt Worstell avatar
Matt Worstell
0 days ago
Ha! Well played
Matt Worstell avatar
Matt Worstell
0 days ago
Ha! Well played
Jared Moore avatar
Jared Moore
0 days ago
Matthew, Amen. Or, you comment on this article so that others will read it. The list could be endless. The question is, "Do I want to be famous, or am I satisfied so long as God is glorified?"
Lawrence Rae avatar
Lawrence Rae
0 days ago
I liked your article and agree with most of your points, but I believe that your credentials might have been eliminated to keep within the spirit of your comments. There is an appearance to me that your acceptance is tied to all you have written and learned. It probably isn't so, but it has that look when it is almost as great as the substance of what you have written.
Jared Moore avatar
Jared Moore
0 days ago
Lawrence, thanks for the comment. I self-published the 2 books above. Also, I pastor a church of about 55 people. I'm not a big deal. Also, this article might as well have been written in front of a mirror. I'm tempted to pursue being a celebrity as well. God is tearing these idols from my heart!
Kevin Barron avatar
Kevin Barron
0 days ago
Thank you Jared. Sobering but true.
Jared Ellis avatar
Jared Ellis
0 days ago
I was gonna read this whole article, but I didn't recognize his name. Was it good?
Kevin Hester avatar
Kevin Hester
0 days ago
Great article! I believe we can and should use our influence and socia media to promote Christ and not a celebrity status! But if God gives us a public platform,we must remember, He must increase and we must decrease!
Jared Moore avatar
Jared Moore
0 days ago
Kevin, Amen brother.
Patrick Hazard avatar
Patrick Hazard
0 days ago
I appreciate the idea of this post, but it could easily cast too wide a web to accuse others. And I find it worthy of notice that though the author states #10, he then immediately turns around and lists his accomplishments. I don't have a problem with that in itself because it is important that we make known our qualifications and certifications that help legitimize our statements as pastors, authors, bloggers, speakers, writers, etc. I serve at a smaller church but I also have a ministry that leaves the walls and reaches people where my feet can't. Perhaps balance is a good addition here. A tool is a tool. If I paint a house with my chop saw, the disaster is not the tools fault, but my use of it.
Lawrence Webb avatar
Lawrence Webb
0 days ago
An ophthalmologist is unable to treat the "I" trouble you describe. It's an easy affliction to fall into.
Carl Garrett avatar
Carl Garrett
0 days ago
As a Southern Baptist pastor in his 59th year in the pastorate I find myself wondering how so many young pastors have time to do as much blogging, article writing and facebook as they do! I did note that you put in a commercial at the end. From an old head; guys, don't neglect your family or your people.
Carl Garrett avatar
Carl Garrett
0 days ago
As a Southern Baptist pastor for more than 59 years I am finding it difficult to understand how so many young pastors have so much time to spend blogging, article writing and face book! Guys, don't neglect your family or your church people. As an aside; I did note that you ended with a commercial!
Chaplain Shawn Kennedy avatar
Chaplain Shawn Kennedy
0 days ago
#11- If you need to buy a plane to get you to all your speaking events.
Matthew Mcgrew avatar
Matthew Mcgrew
0 days ago
Here I was thinking that #10 brought it full circle, tongue-in-cheek, and that almost all these articles have the author's, and here is the word, BIO underneath. Should I wag my finger? Perhaps when I'm through tipping my hat. Well done.
Pastor Paul A. Taylor, Sr. avatar
Pastor Paul A. Taylor, Sr.
0 days ago
I remember the young lady who told Naaman's wife about the man of God who could help her husband who was diseased with leprosy. We will never know her name, but God knows. Some Pastors/Preachers/Evangelist are well known. I pray for them. I'm not well known and I Pastor a church of less than 50 members. I love my people to life. Our desire is to be well known by Jesus. Big church, mid size church, small church, house church or whatever size I pray that we all have one common goal and that is to see Jesus one day.
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0 days ago
the fact is that we do get celebrity pastors etc. our response and not reaction to these are very important as pastors ourselves including myself. i know that the Word of God is a yard stick for every servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. We must abide by that. For example the Word says that "God opposes the proud and give grace to the humble."now there is definetly more than 10 that is listed that defines "celebrity pastors" and their operation methods. a great example is Paul that wrote the epistles in the New Testament. He starts off in every first chapter with the first verse as "I Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ" or "I Paul, a bondservant." or "I Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ." Note he does not call himself Apostle Paul, just as some want to be addressed as Bishop so and so or Apostle so and so, or pastor so and so. it has become a common trend and what has happened is that instead of this being an office it has become a title. So it is used to make people feel inferior and others superior. Our Lord Jesus rebuked the Pharisee and Saducees for wanting to be noticed by men and not by God. And we shall know them by their fruits. in fact it's easier to be humble than to be proud. BE HUMBLE SERVE GOD
Ronald Johnson avatar
Ronald Johnson
0 days ago
Thanks for the article. I always hate going to church growth conferences because they tend to tell pastors how to become celebrity pastors. I think the true test of a pastor comes after the pastor moves, retires, or dies. If the church carries on faithfully, continuing to minister to the community, and can succeed in spreading the Kingdom of Heaven under the next pastor, the pastor was a success. Of course, that does nothing for celebrity status. Pastors are called, with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, to build up the local community of faith, not to have national and international ministries.
Minister Sanders avatar
Minister Sanders
0 days ago
A lot of us can fall in the dangers of wanting to be a celebrity preacher. A wanna be celebrity preacher takes the spotlight off of God and places it upon themselves. You can use social media to minister and preach the Gospel all over the world yet when people start applauding you a lot of us begin to get bigheaded and pride begins to set in. Let us make sure that All We say or Do That God is Glorified and not Self. Preachers and Teachers Must Never Forget What They Are: A Humble Lowly Servant of The Most High God!,

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