I read Jared Wilson’s The Pastor’s Justification a couple months ago, and I have continued to return to it over this time as it greatly challenge and encouraged me. I wanted to post a brief selection from the book as Wilson has well articulated an area of the church and pastoral ministry that I have struggled with greatly. My struggle has focused around the business management mentality of many churches and pastors today, and getting away from what I feel a what biblical pastoral ministry and church looks like.
Wilson here is rewriting the Beatitudes to fit more of today’s pastors and church based on what he has seen sell out ministry conferences regularly today. Take a look at the revised Beatitudes for today’s self-confident church:
Blessed are the type-A personalities,
for theirs is the enjoyment of success.
Blessed are those who remain unfazed,
for they will be self-confident.
Blessed are the powerful,
for they will inherit celebrity status.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for temporary success,
for they will have their reward.
Blessed are the dynamic purveyors of religion,
for they will be the envy of many.
Blessed are the pushy,
for they will have much to be proud of.
Blessed are the cool,
for they will be called gurus.
Blessed are those who are recognized because of their achievements,
for theirs is the renown among men. (83)
This section really helped me affirm my struggles with the business management style of leadership in many churches today, and the rest of the book encouraged me in guiding the pastor and church back to Christ and to serving His kingdom in a servant-hearted manner.