“22 Mistakes I Made As A Senior Pastor” by Jim Palmer

22 Mistakes I Made As A Senior Pastor:

Putting church over community.
Putting orthodoxy over love.
Putting certainty over wonder.
Putting teaching over conversation.
Putting polished over real.
Putting answers over questions.
Putting membership over friendship.
Putting Christianity over Christ.
Putting knowledge over action.
Putting style over substance.
Putting appearance over authenticity.
Putting functionality over beauty.
Putting religion over spirituality.
Putting numbers over faces.
Putting holiness over humanity.
Putting accountability over acceptance.
Putting heaven over earth.
Putting meetings over relationships.
Putting reputation over risk.
Putting charisma over compassion.
Putting the Afterlife over the Herelife.
Putting thinking over feeling.

Jim Palmer

It is refreshing to see a (former) senior pastor acknowledging that the past or old patterns of mindset (of religion, rigidity and reputation) he had left were problematic and embracing the new patterns of mindset that prioritise people, relationships and authenticity, since it seems many (other) pastors in the institutional church prefer to hold on to the status quo. I salute pastors who are moving into progressive Christianity (or esoteric Christianity or spirituality), and are honestly recognising the fact that the authorities in traditional Christianity (or evangelical Christianity) had been holding on to dogma and church building (or empire building) at the expense of people’s peace, freedom and well-being. I like the fact that the progressive thinkers are actively making changes to redress these problems and seeking to promote love, wonder and unity among humankind.

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