Rob Bell and Disruptive Sermons

This week’s Ministry Briefing highlights an interview with Rob Bell:

Former pastor Rob Bell says that he has enjoyed his time away from pastoral ministry because he can preach freely without the burden of “running a church” getting in the way. Bell notes that too many pastors use their sermons to get bigger crowds and buildings, telling people what they want to hear rather than using a sermon for holy disruption.

Source: The Christian Post

Why does this matter for church leaders?

Bell’s comments remind us about the ideals for pastors and ministry and the ways those ideals conflict with the day to day demands of running a church.

  • What is a pastor’s role? For many pastors, especially those in 200-300 member congregations, there’s pressure to do it all. Bell notes that even at a large church he felt pressure to maintain the organization rather than focus on preaching and ministering to individuals.
  • The pressures preacher’s face: Bell notes that some pastors tame their sermons in order to attract more people. Should sermons be more disruptive?
  • Where does ministry happen? Does Bell have a point that running a “ministry” gets in the way of actually ministering?

What gets in the way of your preaching and discipleship? Can you make changes to give yourself greater freedom?

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About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.