Sam Rainer writes: Pastors, you must lead and shepherd all typesâ€”thatâ€™s what God called you to do when He sent you to a particular fellowship in a specific location. You have to work with the people that are there. In short, you must love your church where it is now, not where you hope it will be. With that being said, letâ€™s look at some church member stereotypes:
(Following is an abbreviated listing of the different types of church members Sam identifies. See if you can relate):
. Every pastor should be blessed with at least one person that doesnâ€™t care about the fact heâ€™s the shepherd.
. This person is a vocal supporter of leadership.
. For whatever reason, every church seems to have at least one guy with great hair.
. RememberÂ X-Files
? Remember how Mulder always had some crazy conspiracy theory about aliens? Seems like thereâ€™s always at least one hyper-spiritual person in the church that thinks demons are behind everything that goes wrong.
. These people truly enjoy being selfless.
. He uses the church for a business network.
. I like to call them the silly police. They enforce neckties in the traditional church.
. This member is a rare breed.
. This person prays unceasingly.
The Axl Rose
. They can belt it. They have incredible stage ability and top-notch musical talent. But they are temperamental.
The anxious Annie
. This person feels the need to tell everyone to pray for their third cousinâ€™s best friendâ€™s neighborâ€™s sonâ€™s cat that recently coughed up a tough hairball and had to go to the vet.
The chinwag starter
. Most everyone is guilty of some form of gossip, but this person is the hub for all the rumor spokes.
. If we are honest, this category accounts for the majority of our churches. Most people are happy with your leadership, on board with the vision and direction of the church, and willing to help you with ministry.
You can read more of Sam’s thoughts on EACH of these categories right here…
I’m wondering… what’s your favorite type of church person? Â What’s your least favorite?
And what categories would you add to Sam’s list?