past couple of weeks, we’ve talked about what’s being called the
“Four Acts of Love” on this blog. If you haven’t seen it yet,
I encourage you to check out Group founder Thom Schultz’s blog. He’s doing a series
based on his new book, and he discusses things people today want to
find in a church-what he calls the “four acts of love.” Last week
we looked at the act of fearless conversation. Today we’ll talk about
another act of love, genuine humility.
Thom has recently touched on this act of love in his blog.
“It’s the critique that church people hate to hear. The
hypocrite thing,” says Thom.
“It’s everywhere. Research shows that 85 percent of the public
views churchgoers as hypocritical. Church people bristle at the
accusation. ‘Of course we’re hypocrites,’ one said. ‘Everybody-not
just Christians-is a hypocrite. Eventually we all say one thing and
“But that’s not really what the public is saying about the
church. They’re reacting to something deeper and more disturbing.
They’re reacting to a lack of humility. They smell a foul odor of
false superiority. They smell it when we give pat answers to
complex issues. They smell it when we elevate the preacher or
teacher onto a pedestal of omniscience. They smell it when we talk
ten times more than we listen.”
In his blog, Thom goes on to list 12 simple ways
to demonstrate genuine humility. It’s a great read.
We can get another look at humility through a young girl named
Bailee Madison. Over at iamsecond.com, Bailee shares her story of staying humble in the world of
Hollywood. If you’ve never seen the site before, it’s a great place
to find inspiration and hear stories from real people…I highly
So how do you show genuine humility in your ministry? It’s
something I think we all want to believe we already do, but I
encourage you to take a step back and really look at your ministry
from a different perspective.
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