Have You Seen the BEST FEATURE of this Church?

"Best Feature" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“Best Feature” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

I’m going camping with my family… Lisa and I and all three of our grown kids. A rarity, as some of you may know, for all of us to be together for several days.

We’re doing the Cabot Trail. We’ll be in places where there is no WiFi.

So I may or may not post for the next few days. Just letting you know.

Likely I’m still alive and kicking, just offline.

Don’t worry. I’ll be back to provoke, encourage, advocate, anger, and tickle you.


5 Replies to “Have You Seen the BEST FEATURE of this Church?”

  1. Enjoy your vacation, my friend!

    What is disturbing about this cartoon, is that it is a bit true (from my observations, that is).

    I have never been a formal pastor. I have never been a candidate.

    But my intuition says that ‘stage presence’ is still an important criteria for pastors… and worship leaders.

    I think there are those people that are broken by looking at their own self; and others broken by looking at Christ.

    The first is a broken piece of pottery, and yes, the aroma of Christ fills the room fills the room for a time. The second is kintsugi, and Christ reflects from the golden repairs continuously.

    I think the latter is far more powerful than stage presence.

  2. Caryn,

    I hear what you say about “stage presence”. Can I suggest that giving a sermon or leading worship does have an element of performance about it and that in any performance having a presence is important?

    I think what you might be getting at (and please correct me if I am wrong) is if the “presence” of the pastor is the “best” thing then the presence of Christ is side-lined or even not there.

    I think what you talk of with “the latter” is not exclusive to stage presence as long as the source of the power is Christ as in “the joy of the Lord is your strength”.

    Always a tricky one though, the ego can fool the best of us and if there are adoring groupies around then how much more is there a likelihood for that to happen?

  3. Hi Jack. I think we agree.

    I am not sure, given the current state of most churches using a stage, that we can escape the need for a good solid stage presence.

    I had a wonderful man visit our home years ago, and lead in Bible studies. His stage presence was very poor; but his heart was wonderful. And in the home environment, he was ideal.

    So, I guess I am trying to feel my way through this thought – what is the balance (or blend?) we need for stage presence and the power that comes from a humble loving heart?

    I simply don’t have a good answer at this moment in time.

  4. Hey Caryn,

    I think we are not thinking dissimilarity.

    Yes, where there is a stage there is a need for a stage presence.

    And equally perhaps, there was a need for the man to have a wonderful heart in the visit he made?

    Could we say perhaps there is not much if anything to figure out but just simply affirming that different environments call for different needs and as long as someone comes at things with the right attitude it’s cool?

    Of course all of us can be tempted otherwise. The ego can be a tricky and deceptive thing.

    But you strike me as someone able to figure out what is real and what is fake.

    That’s a compliment 🙂.

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