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Prostitutes and Pastors…p3

March 22, 2011

*This is a series of posts commenting on the rise of coaching networks and personal coaches within the Church (capital C).

Due to the strong analogy (in the title) I would ask that you read both parts 1 and 2 to see the whole picture.

Part 1: Prostitutes and Pastors…  p1

Part 2: Prostitutes and Pastors…p2

I will try wrap this on going thought up in two more posts, although I think when we come to my main point, we (as the Church) will need to work on the issue at hand. Here we go.

There is a need for the Church leaders of today, to raise up the next generation of spiritual leaders. Traditionally young leaders go to schools, colleges and seminaries to further their spiritual knowledge but all of that takes time. Time is something that as a young leader we are not used to waiting for. The 21st century young Christian leader is used to getting things done at lightening speed with all the answers at their finger tips via Google. But when it comes to spiritual growth, the question is… is this healthy? Can the thinking of young leaders, of getting everything done at a super fast clip benefit the Church in the long term?

Here is the situation or problem that I am seeing. Look at this little equation as I see it.

Add the rise of coaching networks and coaching pastors who are advertising to younger leaders that they are available for coaching for a small to sometimes hefty price. Add to that a generation of spiritually fatherless leaders ( how many posts do you need to read from people to know we are hurting for mentors i.e. spiritual fathers) and what do you get? A bunch of young leaders running to a quick fix, in an attempt to satisfy a need that can’t be truly met by paying someone. Hence the analogy of the coaches being like prostitutes. Because we live in a make it happen, get the answers fast world young leaders would jump at the chance to pay for someone to pay attention to them and help solve some of their issues.

Prostitutes never satisfy. At the end of this problem, we are left with the feeling or need to still be fathered and mentored as young spiritual leaders. Look I am all for coaching networks, and personally being coached. There is never a point that you should stop learning, but when it comes to spiritual things, things that shouldn’t be paid for… are we headed down the right path? Did Paul charge Timothy for fathering him? Did Elijah make Elisha pay him before he could follow him around? Here is a better one: Did Christ make the disciples pay a monthly fee for those few years that they hung out together? (Ouch, those hurt don’t they)

I am not downing people who coach. Just questioning whether or not they should be making money at it. I don’t know if someone could convince me that it isn’t a major problem developing in the Church. Looking to satisfy our needs out on the “street” will destroy us for certain. In the next post, I promise to offer a solution to this problem, I hope we can find some answers for our spiritually fatherless next generation of leaders.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeremy Calcara permalink
    March 23, 2011 1:32 am

    I really like your posts on this Ben. It’s very thought provoking. I think the problem is that a lot of times we confuse things that might be a good idea with being things that are God ideas. The idea of coaching is widely used in business to help employees improve. So it seems like a good idea to have coaching in the Church to help pastors maximize their potential. But as you’ve pointed out, the idea of paying for coaches, or the idea of a paid pastor coach simply isn’t a Biblical idea. Sure, parts of it are Biblical ideas, like the idea of old men mentoring and training younger men, and raising them up in their faith, but as you said, making monetary gain from that doesn’t cut the Biblical mustard if you will. Just because it’s a good idea doesn’t mean it’s God’s idea. I have lots of other thoughts about this, but I don’t want to write a book here, so I’ll keep an eye out for the rest of your posts on this subject. Thanks for the stuff to think on tonight.

  2. March 30, 2011 7:11 am

    Has spirituality and money ever gone well together” To add to that thought, did Christ or any of the apostles get paid to minister? Wasn’t it “no script or purse”? When you’re full of the Spirit yourself do you feel like charging money? If grace is given so freely to ourselves, why would we charge anyone else to share it, to mentor it, to further the kingdom of God along?

    • Benjamin Davis permalink*
      March 30, 2011 1:38 pm


      Great thoughts! Glad to know you are still reading. I would agree with you very much on this point! Thanks for reading.

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