There are ministers and there are performers. And unfortunately, there are some ministers who act more like performers.
I hate unpreparedness. Nothing irks me more than when someone, particularly in a church service, gets up to do something without having prepared. I believe in doing everything with excellence, and when leading, I try not to let anything but the best occur under my watch and supervision. Anything less is inexcusable, although some things inevitably slip through the cracks.
But at the same time, there’s a fine line between excellence and perfection, or between preparedness and performance, particularly in church.
I’ve come to believe that when your goal is perfection, it can easily move from ministry to performance, and those are VERY different things. Read the rest of this entry