The Danger of “Church Growth” Books

0805440984.01._SX50_SCLZZZZZZZ_It struck me one day in a Christian bookstore that most of the “church growth” books I picked up in that store were not books on vision but on image. They hadn’t been published to help me see the world in a particular way but to help the world see me – were I a megachurch pastor – in a particular way. They were books that enticed the pastor of limited self-image to be like somebody else the world admired. What a cul-de-sac of emotional poverty this is. These books were published to serve the idolatries of megapastor wannabes. – Calvin Miller, O Shepherd Where Art Thou?, p. 4

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  • DigitalSojourner

    Thank you for sharing this quote, it is spot on. It is something that I have personally thought of, but have never been able to articulate so clearly. “They hadn’t been published to help me see the world in a particular way but to help the world see me ” — might the world see Christ, not me.

    • admin

      Amen.