10 Stupid Things Pastors Say



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Gotta tell ya, pastors say some of the stupidest things! Now, I am a BIG pastor fan (I am one), but… sometimes in the name of Jesus, church, God or love the craziest things pass over their vocal cords while bypassing the brain.

Now I recall some of those here for your notes, that meaning, if you are a pastor or not, in the name of Jesus, the church, God and for the sake of love, never say these…

1- I’m glad I don’t have any homosexuals coming to my church

2- It won’t really help or change anything, but you need to pray

3- I know my church will die when I leave, but that’s OK, we can plant another one

4- The church doesn’t have to be diverse in order to reach the city

5- I don’t make friends with any of our staff

6- I love to preach, I just don’t like people

7- I don’t want my church to grow, I’m satisfied with my salary

8- My kids hate our church…But I’m OK with that

9- I’m careful with who I let lead, I don’t want someone to take my job

10-I will never… ______________________ (The stupidest thing I ever said!)

Words are powerful, and they form culture and the future. 

What was the stupidest thing you’ve heard a pastor say???

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About Artie Davis

Artie Davis wears a lot of hats and leads a lot of people. He's Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, SC. He heads the Comb Network and the Sticks Conference. He speaks and writes about leadership, ministry, church-planting, and cultural diversity in the church. You can find his blog at ArtieDavis.com or catch him on Twitter @artiedavis.

  • http://humanwebsite.com.my Kent

    I heard the first one before. The Pastor was so proud that his church doesn’t have any homosexual, but in fact, all people are sinners and Jesus Christ came to save sinners.

  • Dave

    “Let’s not promote this outreach; let’s let it grow organically.”

  • Jim

    My all time favorite: “That’s just the way (name of person) is and he(she) will never change.”
    Isn’t God all about changing people?!

  • http://OcalaCentralChurch.com Jody

    Gotta say, I’ve been preaching for over 30 years and have never heard anyone say any of the first nine.

  • Deborah Scott

    “You have low self-esteem, don’t you?” What one pastor said to me when I tried to share some of my struggles with him. Ugh.

  • Rafael

    “I am the way i am take it or leave it. I am not gonna change for anyone!!!”
    - what an older pastor once said to me when I called him out on his attitude toward some peope.

  • Andrew Waugh

    (opening sentence of sermon based in one of the Gospels)

    “Jesus probably never actually said these words, but let’s see what we can learn from them anyway”

    .. the scary part being that, the following week, the pastor was away and one of his church church members preached in his place and began in exactly the same way…

  • Shawn

    I also have never heard a pastor say these things… verbally. But I know many pastors who through their actions (or lack thereof) have said these things.

  • Link

    I love the concept for this post, but I’ve never heard a pastor say any of these things.

    Here is a personal favorite of mine from Benny Hinn- http://youtu.be/4L2NwAcvV1g

    • Rafael

      Is your point: “My coat can knock more people over than yours?

  • Joshua Fordyce

    I agree with Jeremy. There are many things said by pastors all the time that could have been more informative. Some examples:
    1. God told me to tell you…(Pastors use this statement way too liberally nowadays)
    2. I don’t have to do it because God will make a way… (faith based cop out 101)
    3. We don’t need to evangelize because the Holy Spirit will bring them in.

    • Joshua Fordyce

      Oh and my personal favorite I forgot to add…

      4. If you give more money you will receive more blessing.

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