In case you’re not aware… I tweet about four times a day. My goal is to tweet less than 140 characters that inspire, educate, or challenge church leaders. Sometimes, due to the responses I’ve received, I realize that I’ve created inner tension. That is, I’ve startled some of those pastors who are following me.
Please know that I never mean to be abrasive, even disturbing. But sometimes… it seems the truth as I see it, and as stated in one sentence comes across as negative or attacking. Below you’ll see sixteen of those tweets. I’d love your opinion… Why do you think some of these cause inner cringe in pastors? Please comment. I’d love to hear from you.
1. There's a difference between growing the Kingdom and building an organization.
2. Wise people realize God cannot be placed in a box. Intellectual people sometimes demand He fit in theirs.
3. Climbing outside the box your peers are stuck in is often the first courageous step to becoming relevant.
4. Pastors look a lot like Pharisees in churches where rules and regulations are enforced more passionately than grace is given and received.
5. When spiritually immature believers are placed in leadership roles the entire church suffers.
6. Senior pastor... Staff bashing, even with a few close friends, is something you most likely despise, it's gossip.
7. Church staff... Senior pastor bashing, even with a few close friends, is something I hope you despise, it's gossip.
8. When a senior pastor stops seeking the counsel of others, that senior pastor may need to seek an effective Christian counselor.
9. When a movement doesn't allow others to join them because of doctrinal differences, is it a movement or an institution?
10.A rapidly growing church isn't necessarily a biblical church and a biblical church isn't always growing rapidly.
11.If production costs means a church can't meet the needs of the poor, the elder body has a difficult decision to make.
12.Irrelevant pastors are most often those who believe methodology is as sacred as theology.
13.I wonder… Is tweeting when you pray the same as the Pharisees proclaiming prayers in public places?
14.Either a leader leads like Christ, from a heart of love and mercy, or they aren't a Christ like leader.
15.There is no such thing as a Christ-like leader who publicly and purposefully degrades someone.
16.Theology degrees hanging on ones wall does not mean the owner of the degrees is spiritually mature.