What We Deserve?

I came across this thought provoking quote. Let me know your thoughts on it. Do you agree or disagree with it?

QUOTE: “We have to recognize that we’ve created the system that we loathe. I don’t think the reason 15 percent serve is because 85 percent are lazy. We’ve created a system that glorifies the clergy and marginalized the laity. We got the outcome we created programs for. We’ve become ‘clergified.’ There’s a three-tiered structure: laypeople, clergy and missionaries. … All religions tend to create a class of people who are above others so 1) they can revel in that and 2) the rest of us can say it’s their job. Christianity was started without any of those structures, and ended up like so many false religions do when they create a ministry caste structure. When we see real movements of God take off, they happen when people are free.” -Lifeway Research director Ed Stetzer [rev.org, 2/09]



  1. I was just telling our staff a week ago, that the reason we find ourselves doing everything is because we don’t provide an atmosphere for lay people to bring their talents to the table. Unless we know they can provide “professional” quality in many areas, we choose to pay other people to do it, or we do it ourselves.
    If however, we were okay with people giving the best they can and provided an environment to learn and improve in, I think we see our volunteerism rise exponentially.

  2. Wow, I agree with this because as “clergy” our goal is to get others active but what others see is that they are paying us to do that job “be active” What a great thought provoking blog. Thanks!

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