When children try to dress like their parents, it’s often cute. When teenagers try to emulate rock stars, it’s often bizarre. When adults try to imitate their folk heroes, it’s often embarrassing.
Ever since the mass media (my company included) began enabling fame for ministry leaders, adoring church people have scurried to emulate their heroes. The result has been a wave of copycat terms and behaviors–repeated not because they make sense, but because they’re used by the cool and the famous.
Here’s a sampling of ministry me-too-isms:
- When you preach, sit on a stool.
- But don’t preach. Give a message.
- Call yourself a “communicator.”
- Name yourself the “lead pastor.”
- Don’t love people. Love ON people.
- “Press in.” (Don’t know why.)
- Call the worship location a “campus.” (Even if it’s in a jail or on the web.)
- Refer to teenagers as “students.” (But don’t use the “student” word for elementary school students or college students. They’re not “students.”)
- Dispatch men in little orange vests to direct traffic in the parking lot.
I guess it’s all scriptural. “Ye are . . . a peculiar people.” (1 Peter 2:9)
What would you add to the copycat list?
“Poking Fun” at large churches
Produce glossy print and video ads of your church, even if it’s not an accurate portrayal.
Love ON makes me laugh–have heard that way too many times and have no idea what it means…along with “press in.” What’s that all about??
Set up a coffee bar in the foyer.
Overusing visuals and powerpoint!
I agree, and it chafes me as a worship leader; how do we compete with Kari Jobe and Steven Furtick? But there are aspects to being human that leaders must acknowledge; one of them is that “cool” works, but “cool” isn’t a message. I’ll accept all nine of those “Me-Too’s” if there is real content and life-change behind them.
You crack me up. Spot on with this post. Couldn’t agree more.
Preachers who wear “skinny jeans”. Come on your figure is way past that stage!
Ministers who try the funky sticky hair.
Thanks Thom for “renting the veil” of our “Me too”isms. Sad we have to compare and compete. John the “real” Baptist had it right…”I must decrease so He can increase”.
Music that is so loud that anyone who has not already damaged their hearing is now wearing earplugs in church.
What’s up with all the “big beards” I see on youth ministers these days. It’s like a Duck Dynasty reunion.
“Preachers” who wave the Bible in the air. Why do they have to do that!!?
Wearing a golf shirt or hawaiian shirt when you preach. Make sure it is not tucked in…
Making fun of strategies you don’t like, don’t agree with, or can’t understand. Especially when it makes you feel superior when you stopped reaching the lost years ago.