Francis Chan has some personal thoughts (he always seems to apply things to himself first) for church leaders. In a post on Public Passion vs. Private Devotion, Chan begins with a sharp insight:
I wonder if the inconsistency in my walk with God has anything to do with the fact that I can lead a “successful” church in America without being in love with Jesus. I’m sure I could blame American church culture, my position, or a busy schedule for my lack of reverent intimacy. The truth, however, is that my sin and hypocrisy is a result of me.
He points to three character issues that let us lead without real passion. I wish they weren’t likely true of me as well:
- I forget to Love God
- I fake passion well
- I follow the people I lead
- Lord, grant us the sensitivity to lead your church with greater passion, deeper devotion, and better character. And, Lord, thank you for graciously using us (uh … me) despite our weakness.