David Prince has posted an article to the ERLC website that I think needs to be seriously considered. The longer I am in pastoral ministry the more I feel like an event planner instead of a minister of the Word (Acts 6:2). My week looks less and less like that of the apostles and more and more like that of a cruise ship director. The staff spends more time choosing whether the next fellowship meal will be chicken or burgers than it does in prayer. I think this is only symptomatic of the mindset of today’s consumer driven, Me-centric church. I am appreciative of David for sharing his thoughts on how this mindset is especially impacting church ministry and preaching.
A morally Christianized narcissism has invaded many churches where congregants read the Bible and hear sermons in a pursuit of individualized self-improvement. Corporate worship is often understood as a matter of convenience in assembling individual Christians who seek individualized answers to individualized questions. The result is a malformed expression of Christianity in which the church is seen simply as a tool to help each individual grow spiritually. Thus, the church exists to provide us the support we need for our personal discipleship.
Read the rest at: http://erlc.com/article/the-me-monster-unleashed-in-todays-churches.