Readers - the more I listen to Ed Stetzer, the more I really like this guy.
I recommend watching this video of a presentation on "missional leadership", delivered I believe at a conference of pastors in Oklahoma.
He makes some very on-target comments on the trend of "superman" pastors that is destroying the modern church (start 6:45 mark), and the trend of the "clergification" of the church which hinders God's work, and the lowly view that many "clergy" have toward their lay people that they should "pay, pray, and get out of the way" for the real men of God to minister.
All relevant comments for Watchdog readers.
He also address the trend of the "cult of personality" amongst pastors today:
Says Ed: "....what pastors lead people to is a cult of personality. 'You can come because I'm great, I'm Superman, I'm here, come follow me, you can listen to me here, you can read my stuff here, you can meet me here, I'm everywhere, I'm kind of a big deal, people know me, I have many leather bound books.' A cult of personality leads ultimately to a fall of the cult of personality."
Ed is definitely stepping on some toes. Good for him. Guys like this give me just a glimmer of hope that there are some guys in the upper echelon of the SBC that get it.
Would love to hear your thoughts after listening to Ed.