Greg King

Five Stones

Rock-Star or Shepherd?

One of the concerning movements that I have noticed taking place among the new church starts in America is a Rock star focus that the preacher is requesting or obtaining from his congregation and staff. While I applaud the laser like focus that many of these younger Pastors have and the amount of new converts that are coming to know the Lord in their church, my concern is that a blind spot has occurred in their ministry. I truly believe that if left unchecked this type of pride will lead to a serious fall. When I look at the great preachers of our faith the one characteristic that I see is a humble spirit. I can’t imagine Billy Graham having people press his shirt in between services, or John Calvin feeling comfortable spending time in the applause of his staff, or John Piper asking guest preachers to come and preach on how to love your Pastor. It seems to me that Jesus said that the we are to take care of His sheep.

“The measure of a leader is not the number of people who serve him but the number of people he serves.” – John Maxwell

When you look at the ministry of Jesus you see that he removed himself from the mass attention of the people. If one is a gifted and anointed man of God he is going to have to set some barriers around himself to protect his heart from the rock star status that people will want to bestow upon him and his ministry.

Here are some of the comparisons that I see

Rock star Pastors are concerned with how they look and how they are treated

Shepherd Pastors are concerned with the condition of the sheep and know that they will smell like the sheep

Rock star Pastors are all about titles and comforts

Shepherd Pastors are more concerned with the name of their sheep and will always sacrifice their comfort for the health of the flock.

Again I can’t begin to say how much the church of America needs passionate men of God like many of these young Pastors to awaken our churches, but I pray that they would protect themselves from a rock star status. May they surround themselves with an inner circle of people that are loyal but who aren’t afraid to bring them back down to earth.

Thank-you God for these young pastors that are set on changing the image of the church but please surround them with people that will help protect them from pride issues. God please protect me from pride issues as I am the first to become too full of myself.

June 29, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Baptism in a Kiddie Pool

The other day I had an incredible opportunity to baptize a 5th grade student from our church. What makes this experience so special is that I baptized her at her house in a kiddie pool on a Tuesday morning. This was one of the most moving baptism services that I have every been apart of as a Pastor. The young girl’s Grandfather only has a few weeks to live and she wanted her Grandfather to be apart of her baptism service. So with a lot of help and creativity a plan was set quickly into motion. A large sized kiddie pool was setup at the Grandparents house and his bed was moved into the sun room so he could watch the service. The most meaningful time was when I asked for the Grandfather to say a few words to his granddaughter. It was truly a moment in which you witnessed what it means to be apart of a spiritual heritage. What a blessing it was to see this young girl baptized and as well to see God grant the grandfather his heart desire before he goes to be home with the Lord.

June 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Here We Go Again

After a long break from blogging I have decided to jump back into the blog world. I’m not sure how many people will follow my blog but I missed having a place to write down my thoughts and experiences. So here we go again….

June 25, 2008 Posted by | Personal | 1 Comment