When children try to dress
like their parents, it's often cute. When teenagers try to emulate
rock stars, it's often bizarre. When adults try to imitate their
folk heroes, it's often embarrassing.
Ever since the mass media (my company included) began
enabling fame for ministry leaders, adoring church people have
scurried to emulate their heroes. The result has been a wave of
copycat terms and behaviors-repeated not because they make sense,
but because they're used by the cool and the famous.
Here's a sampling of ministry me-too-isms:
- When you preach, sit on a stool.
- But don't preach. Give a message.
- Call yourself a "communicator."
- Name yourself the "lead pastor."
- Don't love people. Love ON people.
- "Press in." (Don't know why.)
- Call the worship location a "campus." (Even if it's in a jail
or on the web.)
- Refer to teenagers as "students." (But don't use the "student"
word for elementary school students or college students. They're
- Dispatch men in little orange vests to direct traffic in the
I guess it's all scriptural. "Ye are . . . a peculiar
people." (1 Peter 2:9)
What would you add to the copycat list?