A hunch: churches would be healthier if pastors read more (traditional) farming books and fewer business books.
Posted by Michael Riley on September 21, 2011 in Conservatism
September 23, 2011 at 10:56 am
Hi Michael – Care to elaborate? I can surmise given your title and tag but don’t want to hazard a guess. Thanks.
September 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm
This will still be somewhat general, but the basic idea is that the metaphors that we use when we address a topic can shape how we think about that topic. This is especially so when a given metaphor comes to dominate our discussion and planning.
In this case, there is a radical difference between viewing the pastor primarily as the CEO of a corporation, whose mission is to attract consumers, and viewing the pastor primarily as a farmer or a shepherd, whose task is to cultivate and sustain.
I would add this: it is not only the case that choosing to read this book or that shapes our understanding of ministry, but the very fact that we would choose this book or that reveals what we already think ministry is like.
September 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm
September 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm
Thanks for the link. For those of us too cheap even to part with $.99, here’s the free version:
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