I am still working on this, but I am playing with the seed of a thought. It is the case that most pastors have been trained to preach, visit, wed people, and subsequently bury them. That is how most congregations evaluate the effectiveness of their pastor. Is he meeting those needs well or not?
I have heard numerous people complain about pastors that they are not feeding them. Many pastors, on the other hand, are not very good at fulfilling the role Paul describes for them in Ephesians 4:11 – 16. Rather than equipping the saints for the work of service, they do it. They spend untold hours prepping sermons that most people will forget in 24 hours. In so doing they help sustain a culture of Evangelical Consumerism. Rather than equipping the flock to sustain themselves, they succumb to the demand of the sheep to feed them. So rather than teaching to fish they continue to give fish that they dig up.
What does this create in the long run?
I will share my thoughts on that tomorrow.