“You walk in entitlement, you will simply empower entitlement underneath you. You want to talk trickle-down effect? You got an entitled pastor, you’ll have an entitled staff. That then leads to an entitled laity, that leads to the death of a church.”During a recent webcast, Chandler shared a story of a friend who came to pray with him before he delivered a sermon several years ago. The friend, Josh, put dirt in Chandler’s hands, poured water on the dirt and told him to rub his hands together. “Kingdom hands are dirty hands,” he told Chandler. “You want to serve the Lord, you’re always going to have dirty hands,” said Chandler. “You don’t get to a place, you don’t get to a size where your hands are clean, your heart is free from the heartbreak, loss, the celebration, the need for prayer, the desperation that comes from leading and walking with God’s people.” The direct influence of The Village Church will probably “vanish” in the next 100 years, he said, so the church’s focus should be on making a wider impact for the kingdom of God instead of building up itself. The Village does this, he said, by supporting missionaries and church plants. “I think the more clingy you are about what’s yours the more you reveal you have an unhealthy culture, and you’re a bit insecure, and when all is said and done, you trying to build the church is actually you trying to feel better about you,” said Chandler. He challenged those listening to become less self-focused by asking: How eagerly do you celebrate the successes of other local ministries? How easy is it for you to critique growing ministries and point out their flaws? Are men and women in your church maturing? Is your church making an impact for the kingdom beyond itself, and are you helping missionaries and other churches? Chandler also exhorted pastors to find their worth in God, not in their church’s attendance. // Good stuff. Todd Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/matt-chandler-to-pastors-entitlement-kills-churches-83826/#e7BU7bGuHZ7JmTPo.99
If you could go back and have a conversation with yourself on the evening of November 24, 2009, what would you have said to prepare Matt Chandler for the year ahead?
I think I would hug myself and just say, â€œHeâ€™s prepared you.â€
What role has your theology played in sustaining you throughout this year?
Iâ€™m not sure how men and women without a strong view of Godâ€™s sovereignty and authority over all things handle things like this.
There were at least 3 meetings with my doctors early on where I felt like I got punched in the soul. In those moments when I was discombobulated and things felt like they were spinning out of control, my theology and the Spirit were there to remind me that â€œHe is good and He does goodâ€â€”to remind me that God has a plan for His glory and my joy that He is working. I was reminded that this cancer wasnâ€™t punitive but somehow redemptive (Romans 8).You can read the rest of the interview right here…