Texas Village Church Pastor Matt Chandler Tells Church Leaders: Don’t Copy Other Preachers, Be You

Pastor Matt Chandler preaching on the forgiveness of sins.

It’s an insult to God when church leaders try to emulate the talents of other preachers instead of being themselves, said Texas-based Village Church Lead Pastor Matt Chandler.

“That’s actually insulting to the Lord, because you know who the Lord put in your church? You,” said Chandler via webinar last week at the Exponential Conference, a yearly gathering with the purpose of inspiring pastors and church leaders. “So the kind of preacher God wants to accomplish His plans in the church that you are pastoring, is the gift that He gave you, fully sanctified and submitted to Him.

“You’re not meant to be someone else, you’re meant to be you.”

The Texas pastor told church leaders to value their God-given gifts and encouraged them to accept who they are, and that “God’s okay with that.” He stressed, however, that pastors and other leaders should be the “most sanctified version” of themselves as possible. He urged pastors not to “enslave” themselves with comparisons to the perceived success of other leaders, when in reality people are average and depend on God for their prosperity.

“Embrace being average,” he said. “Don’t freak out about that, you just rest in the one who is not average, because your gift set and the place in which you have been placed are perfectly pleasing to the Lord.”

While serving Christ, a leader must wait on Him for their increase. In time, said Chandler, God will cause the wind to blow into the “sails” of their church. “We are … hopelessly and desperately in need for the Holy Spirit of God to blow on our … sails that we have raised in the hopes that God just might move our ship.”

The pastor said that there’s no formula to prospering a church, and that God is not a Genie in a lamp that can be rubbed for success. Rather, Chandler said that there are [ways] that a church can position itself “where the wind has a tendency to blow.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Kevin Porter