If we’re honest I think that alot of pastors are addicted. Maybe not to porn or drugs or alcohol. Some maybe to more “pastoraly” accepted things like work, success, leadership, power, praise or affirmation from others, or the Church. Yeah, that’s right we can be addicted to the Church. Although working in the church is our calling, it is not our life. To paraphrase the Bible, “What if you gain a large, “successful church, but lose sight of what is really important?” I think I’m very guilty of thinking in the past that a large church is the goal. Size matters. If I want to be deemed successful in the circles that I try to run in, that I must have a large ministry, have the coolest, most successful pastors reading my blog, or hanging out with me at a coffee-shop talking ministry! I, just like many of the pastors I know or know of are addicted to this sub-culture of influential pastors. If I could just have this many people read my blog…if I could just have this many people following me on twitter, if I could just write a cool book, maybe I could lead a lab at Catalyst and then people would recognize me as successful! I know alot of us feel that way, but most wouldn’t admit it. I had to ask my self about a week ago, “Why do I blog?” I had to examine my heart and come to the conclusion, that if I was blogging for any other purpose but to point people to Christ, and to encourage others in their ministry, then I’m an idolater. O.K., I guess i’m off my soapbox now.