What THEY Really Mean Is……..

Since I have just returned from a Pastor’s Conference this past week, I thought I would post some more things from some pretty awesome pastors. I hope you enjoy this post and that it helps you stay true to the vision God gave you to lead your church, His church, with effectiveness. We all have a part to play in doing what He has called us to. Don’t ever compromise the vision He gave to you for your church body!

If you read this and you attend a church,  you can help to be a vision carrier. That is such a huge role and may that never be underestimated. Without you, the vision would not be carried out.

Below are examples of people not hooked into a vision.


Pastor Perry Noble

One of the lessons I’ve learned while being in the ministry for the past 17 years is sometimes what people say isn’t exactly true…things such as…

(WARNING…you will probably only like this post if you are a pastor or a staff member of a church!)

What They Say:  “I’m looking for a church that preaches the Word!”

What They Mean: “I’m looking for a church that preaches MY view of the Word.  I think the BLANK translation should be used…I think BLANK should be talked about a lot while BLANK should be ignored.  And if you ever stop preaching my view of the Word I will leave and tell others that you don’t preach the Word!”

What They Say:  “Lot’s of people have been coming to me and saying they don’t like is…”

What They Mean: “I basically only have three friends…and all of them think exactly like me.  The other night we were enjoying a time of self righteousness because, after all, we are right about everything…and were also slandering you (in the form of prayer requests) and thought it would be wise to approach you with our pet peeve.  We’ve actually talked to no one else about this but said “lots” because we wanted to validate our dysfunction.”

What They Say: “I’m leaving the church.”

What They Mean: “Beg me to stay.  If you will just ask me I will share with you several ways you can compromise God’s vision that He’s given you, thus becoming nothing more than a people pleasing pastor who is more interested in popularity than obedience.  If you don’t bow to my demands I will remind you that I tithe and that the church needs my money, reducing you to a mere preaching whore…one who is paid for a service for the pleasure of another person.”

What They Say: “I want a church that is more focused on discipleship.”

What They Mean: “I want a church where everyone knows me and how important I am!  I don’t want to reach people who are different from me, be it economic class or race or even musical preference.  I already know WAY more than I do…but I somehow equate spirituality with knowledge rather than application and I rather enjoy feeling intellectually superior to those who don’t know as much as me.”

What They Say: “Don’t take this personally…but…”

What They Mean: “I am about to lower the BOOM on you…but you can’t get angry because I told you not to take it personally.  Even though you have dedicated your life to this and pretty much invest every ounce of energy you have to this cause…and I think about it once or twice a week…you need to receive my attacks, even when they are personal…and you cannot retaliate because, remember, it’s not personal.”

OKAY, that was fun!  I typed it all with a smile.  Trust me…I’m not mad or frustrated with anyone…I just thought a pastor or two MIGHT get a smile out of this.  🙂


~ by pennymaxwell on March 5, 2009.

4 Responses to “What THEY Really Mean Is……..”

  1. Well Pastor Penny I’m not on staff or a pastor, but it made me smile. I guess because I know EXACTLY what you mean 🙂

  2. Pastor Penny I love this it made me laugh actually.So many memories in my life with my family and myself.lol

  3. I know Jenny, it is sad to say but it made me laugh too. The unfortunate part is that it shows me why the divorce rate is as high as it is. We all want things done our way or we bolt. I think we forget about the Fruit of the Spirit sometimes.

  4. This is so true and so sad.

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