What Makes Acts 29 Leaders Prone to Pride?

Darrin Patrick, lead pastor and founder of The Journey Church in St. Louis, Mo., and vice president of the ACTS 29 Church Planting Network, speaks during the morning session June 13 on the second day of the 2011 SBC Pastors' Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. The conference was held prior to the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting June 14-15 at the same location. Photo by Kent Harville
Darrin Patrick, lead pastor and founder of The Journey Church in St. Louis, Mo., and vice president of the ACTS 29 Church Planting Network, speaks during the morning session June 13 on the second day of the 2011 SBC Pastors’ Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. The conference was held prior to the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting June 14-15 at the same location. Photo by Kent Harville
Barnabas Piper on Acts 29, restoration, and the increasing temptation of pride and platform.

Last week, Darrin Patrick, vice president of the Acts 29 church planting network and founding pastor of The Journey megachurch in St. Louis, was fired. (Read CT’s story.) Among the Reformed pastor’s offenses: “domineering over those in his charge,” “misuse of power/authority,” and “history of building his identity through ministry and media platforms.” TL;DR: pride.

Barnabas Piper, the son of uber-popular Reformed pastor John Piper and author and blogger in his own right, joined Quick to Listen this week to offer his perspective on this thorny and recurring issue.

“With the internet being what it is, local church ministry is no longer local church ministry,” says Piper, pointing to the number of pastors who publish books, host their own podcasts, and maintain an active social media presence. “Pride is an occupational hazard for all of us: if you have a byline, if your name is on a book, or you have a podcast, it comes with pride.”

Here’s Piper’s chat with Morgan and Katelyn about what may make Acts 29 leaders prone to arrogance, what a pastor’s kid thinks other pastor’s kids are thinking after their parent messes up, and the circumstances under which a pastor should be restored.

Click here for more and to listen to this episode of “Quick to Listen”.

SOURCE: Christianity Today