I just got blown away by this quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
How often have I seen this played out, in one version or another? The whole American Evangelical culture seems to be predicated on the cult of the visionary dreamer, the pastor who has God's great plan for his local church to have a fantastic impact on the surrounding community, to grow the church exponentially, to transform the spiritual and physical landscape of an area. Sometimes he goes from plan to plan to plan, abandoning each one when it doesn't produce the desired results as quickly as expected. Sometimes he stubbornly sticks to one plan and refuses to let go despite detrimental effects. Eventually, the sheep get blamed for not bringing to reality the visionary shepherd's dream.
All this happens, according to Bonhoeffer, because the visionary leader "loves his dream of a community more
than the Christian community itself." Patient ministry to the flock just isn't sexy enough for many leaders. They end up abandoning the community God gave them in pursuit of the community they haven't gotten yet.
I think it's about time I read Life Together.
HT: This We Confess