Ed Stetzer, a Southern Baptist, wrote on ChristianityToday.com about five mentalities pastors should avoid. I found them worth passing along.
1. Elitist Mentality: Your church is the only one you know doing things the right way.
I’ve seen this plenty. I find it very annoying.
2. Theologically Superior: You won’t read authors from outside of your own theological stream.
United Brethren, as a breath of fresh air in the religious spectrum, don’t insist that only we have everything figured out.
3. Exclusionary Attitude: You refuse to partner with other local churches on community initiatives.
My local church does a great job here.
4. Narcissistic: You are more worried about what people think of your church than what they think of your family.
A couple examples come to mind–big name ministers (uh, Oral Roberts?) and more common fare. Not true of my own pastor, thankfully, who strikes me as a really good dad. And it certainly wasn’t true of my dad.
5. Overly Competitive: You consider the church down the street your competition.
This one is widespread–too close to human nature, I guess. When a nearby church is going great, and you’re struggling, it’s natural to feel a sense of competition.