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Going Beyond The Labels

"If people don't know their pastor, it's easy to put the pastor on a pedestal and depersonalize him or her. It's also easy for pastors, who don't know their congregations, simply to classify congregants as saved or unsaved, involved or not involved, tithers or non-tithers. These impersonal designations allow you to treat people not as they are, but as sociological or psychological categories."
- Eugene Peterson, addressing. the modern temptation to depersonalize ministry. Excerpted from "Pastor in the Present Tense" in the Summer 2011 issue of the Leadership Journal.

Too often it is easy to just slap a label on someone or pour into them our own expectations -rather than getting to know the real them.  Getting to know one another, the real person with all of their foibles, flaws and failures is essential if the church is going to do "real" life and ministry together.

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