Celebrity in Christian Leaders
The celebrity factor has long been a reality in the church, and the US church is of no difference. In fact, we’re often worse with our huge marketing schemes, led by the Christian sales market… books, CD’s… and the shame of it is the Christian leaders who flock to it and legitimize it, whoring themselves to it.
This is closely related to the “multi-campus” phenomena, which makes a pastor a celebrity, rather than being a people together (historically known as the church) following Christ, we follow a guy who speaks slick. Be it Driscoll, Piper, or the Penties – the multi-campusing is the boomer and mega-church way to expand empire even more. My fear – what happens to these churches (& the millions spent on them) when the pristine leader is tarnished, or dies (eg Piper)?
Read the comments from “The Rev”…
Christian Celebrity popularity contest (the nines)
I am not up to date on all things, so if this has been said before by others pardon for saying the same thing but…
What the hell is going on?
Oh the drama, who will win out and be speaker for the nines conferences? The macho bad boy pastor Mark Driscoll? The scholarly N T Wright? The social justice ubber hippy Shane Claiborne? competition is fierce ladies and gentleman. Who gets the most votes?
But that isn’t the whole contest, we have some people campaigning not to win but just to finish higher than other people. Seriously have we gone nuts?
I mean this cult of celebrity, meets consumerism at the cathedral needs to be called what it is… absolute bullshit. The most incredible life changing messages I have ever heard at a conference were sitting around tables with the punters that were doing it hard just like me. Or the relatively unknown guy who showed up and had the courage to say what needed to be said whether it was welcomed or not. Besides can’t you just buy their new book? I am sure it is on sale… everywhere.
Or maybe I am just jealous because no one is begging me to come speak at some Christian conference. Yeah thats probably it