|Underemployed pastors — entrepreneurial opportunity (pub. Apr. 10, 2011)|
|Written by Roger A. Nicholson|
|Monday, 30 May 2011 23:15|
I have to admit, I was skeptical at first. The idea of “entrepreneurial ministry” left me a little cold. But I find myself wondering if I am being too narrow, too traditional, too reactionary.|
I’ll admit I am old school: Augustine, Calvin, Niebuhr and all of that. But something happened this morning that caused me to stop and reconsider. It was Donald Trump on the Today Show.
Naturally, “The Donald” was talking about himself; but what he was saying began to make sense. He crowed that Warren Buffet had called him the greatest entrepreneur in the history of free markets; and it occurred to me that perhaps this is what our country needs, a country in love with the deal, quick return, consumerism and bravado. Maybe this is what it will take to connect with the masses of the unchurched and sign them up. It is clear that the old ways, sadly, my ways, haven’t worked and aren’t working.
Consider the possibilities: young aggressive ministers on fire, unhampered by the chains of the past, operating in the ecclesiastical equivalent of the free market. I’ll bet with the right pitch, we Presbyterians could begin attracting people who are dissatisfied with their current brand of church. Why, “The Donald” could speak at the General Assembly and fire us up.
The rhythms of life have their wisdom. It is good that I and my ilk are retiring, making way for the new young lions. It is the season to put away “The Mother Teresa” and “The St. Francis.” It is time to embrace “The Donald” as our new paradigm for ministry; and God bless us every one.
Roger A. Nicholson