Quitting the(ir) job of “pastor”

Great post from Ben Arment in quitting being a “Jesus crutch” to make Jesus’ radical call easier for people.

I quit that job in my first few weeks of pastoring.

And I’d quit it again if I accidently got dressed in that bondage.

My job is to point to Jesus, not take his place.

One reason I’m not big on being called “pastor” is the way people use it to make me somehow different than themselves. We no longer need priests to go between us and God. I refuse to become that.

Point people to Jesus. Yes.
Pretend to be closer to God than they could ever hope of being. Never.

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com. He's also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to http://thenonprofitacademy.com/21waysebook

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  1. rich

    great post there Marc: one of the best I’ve seen lately.
    I found this to be one of the biggest stumbling blocks to folks,getting over that clergy/laiety boundary so prevalant in our area: and a real danger to those in charge; especially starting out in planting/etc: being called ‘pastor so & so’.

    Who is able to NOT have that go to the head?
    Not me.


  2. Marc

    Thanks Rich!

    I don’t mean to be mean when I tell people my name is “Marc” not “Pastor Marc”!

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