6 thoughts on “The Ordinary Pastor’s Project

  1. richlangton September 15, 2010 / 10:56 pm

    Hey Matt – I like the Ordinary Pastors Project… I think it helps us to refocus and remember again that ministry isn't about glamour or "success" it's about faithfulness to Christ over a lifetime. But along with that it honours those who have always known and lived out this ministry without recognition or personal gain. The project is about showing gratitude where gratitude is well and truly due.

  2. Matt Redmond September 15, 2010 / 11:05 pm

    Thanks Rich, I truly appreciate your kind words.

  3. Jonathan Hunt September 16, 2010 / 5:01 pm

    With love and respect, I *don't* like the project.In the intro you reference Don Carson's book about his Dad. That's fine. I'd point out that Tom Carson is with Christ. We can learn a lot from other people, especially pastors who have gone before.But right now we face a culture of quite extraordinary adulation of a select few 'leaders' in evangelicalism. I don't need to list names, you know what I mean.The issue is, as I see it, that every pastor's greatest desire is that of THE Pastor Supreme: He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3.30)I am sure the ordinary pastors praised are much loved and much used men. But I guarantee for every one highlighted, there are ten more worthy, and I truly believe that nobody reading of themselves on the web page would be encouraged, but rather concerned that they were elevated unduly.I'm not commending false humility in what I say, just expressing a profound unease with the culture prevalent in the evangelical churches today where we unwittingly exalt men.

  4. Matt Redmond September 16, 2010 / 7:17 pm

    Pastor Hunt,I want to truly thank you for your input and honesty. While I wholeheartedly disagree with you, it is still helpful to think about these things.A few things:First, we are working under the assumption we should not only honor a pastor's faithfulness after he is dead. To recognize his faithfulness only after he has died would be to deny him something we think is good and the enjoyment of the one doing the honoring.Second, You may be right that for every one highlighted, there are 10 more worthy. We certainly do believe each person highlighted represents countless faithful pastors we will never hear of. In fact, that is the very point of what we are doing.Third, even if those honored do not enjoy it. That is no reason to not do it. We assume there is a part of them that will not like the attention. However, we do want to degrade that little part of them which is appreciative of any honor given by those in their congregation. To do so would be unkind and unreasonable. We do not think that in honoring them we are exalting them.I assume that even if you do not like what we are doing, you would be glad to hear that we are getting word of it encouraging men who pastor in 'ordinary' places.Thanks again for your input. And may God bless.

  5. Kara September 17, 2010 / 12:54 pm

    I love this! I will admit to following you on Twitter bc I thought you were the famous singer, lol. But I have gotten hooked on your blog. My hubby is a youth pastor and we are struggling in our ministry. We are evangelicals in a non-evangelical church and I'm not sure that's working out so well. A project like this will remind all of the 'ordinary' pastors out there that they are not alone, they do make a difference, and that someone has heard them.

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