January 8, 2017

What Ministry Leaders Can Learn from Kim Burrell's BIG Mistake

This blog post is not intended to debate whether or not what Kim Burrell said was right or wrong. As the scripture says, “Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” Romans 14:5 However, I will say that she is another example of a ministry leader who has not paid attention to the technological and cultural shifts of our time.

The purpose of this blog post is the same as this ministry, to help those with a ministry, understand why change in how we do and think about ministry is so important. 

We are currently in the midst of a cultural shift. The implications and consequences of not understanding it are huge.

I am not saying that ministry leaders shouldn’t teach or preach against sin, no matter what the sin is. However, I am saying that like a lot of ministry leaders today, Kim Burrell's mistake was a lack of wisdom on many levels, and a lack of understanding of how technology has not only influenced culture but how it is influencing change in how we do and think about ministry. 

With every advancement in knowledge and technology, comes a cultural shift. Regardless of your denomination, whenever culture shifts, you should pay attention or pay the price.

If you are a ministry leader who is over forty years of age, you need to understand that ministry and every aspect of it's expression has changed. The world of ministry in which you grew up in no longer exists.

Cultural shifts are not new. You can find them from Adam and Eve, until today. And every time culture shifted, God was paying attention and moved accordingly. 

If we search the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, we can see the Lord making changes due to the increased knowledge of mankind to technological or cultural shifts. From removing Adam and Eve out of the garden, never to return, to clothing Himself in flesh and walking among us, and more.

In How Christians Can Win The Culture War, I wrote that, The early church endured a culture that was hostile toward them and their message, but because they were willing to face the culture head on, they were able to spread the gospel as The Holy Spirit gave them direction.

Our Lord Himself said, "Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.Matt. 10:16 

He also said, “Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.” Proverbs 4:7 - I write about this. 

Change is inevitable, and it is unkind to the leader who is unprepared. 

This is a generation where even the poor and uninformed have a SMART phone, and on that phone are things called apps, including video apps. See my post: 4 Ways Social Media Grounded Creflo Dollar 

Like social media, the smart phone is the one thing that powers digital communication. The reality is smart phones make it possible that almost every ministry leader is being evaluated no matter what size their platform may be. 

As one ministry leader once wrote, “Don’t blame technology. Technology isn’t good or evil; it just reveals and amplifies what’s already there.” Carey Nieuwhof

Every age group, from kindergartners to retirees has a smart phone. And just like social media, smartphones give you access to an audience, but it also gives an audience access to you... Let that sink in for awhile.

See also: 3 Ways Ministry Leaders Lose Influence on Social Media 

If you are a ministry leader with a large platform, with considerable worldly resources, connections, relationships and influence, you may want to consider following The Lord's advice and choose your words more carefully. 

“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:36-27

1 comment:

  1. Great and valuable commentary as always Mr. Anderson!