Thursday, October 25, 2007

Student response, Pastors

I have a quote from a student response to an assignment in my survey class today. I have not addressed issues surrounding pastoral ministry in this class so far. However, the students in reading Mark Strom’s Symphony of Scripture were asked to respond to this question from Strom:
Peter described leaders as shepherd in 1 Peter 5:1-4. What do the pictures of Jesus as the Good Shepherd (see John 10) and the one who washed feet suggest about the way church leaders should function? Do you see many leaders acting this way? …
One student wrote this:
I don’t think church leaders today act like shepherds for Christianity. Leaders seem to be more wrapped up in how big their church is and how they need bigger offerings to support their church fund.
Of course this is not true of all pastors, but this is the perception of too many. May we, each in our own sphere, provide a different model, showing to those around us the way of Christ.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I once heard someone make the comment, "All churches are interested in is raising more money so they can build bigger churches so they can get more people so they can raise more money and so on." At first,I was defensive, but the more I thought about it,the more I realized that that was simply how most un-churched people saw us. Very sobering.