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Preachers Should be Spiritual Agitators

June 22, 2007

The “turning the world upside down” faith (or turning the world the right way up) was not just a matter of adopting new ideas, joining a new organization, and singing up for a new vision. Nor was it primarily a matter of fresh experience. Rather it was uprooting and upending of conventional structures of life, as they know it, to live in a new way in Christ. As T. R. Glove declared about the the early church: “The Christian ‘out-lived’ the pagan, ‘out-died’ him and ‘out-thought’ him…He beat him hollow in living. Preaching opens up new ways of living and dying. This compliment unintentionally expresses how preacher/leaders should be seen–as spiritual agitators, subversive pastors, un-settlers of old ways, and embodiers of the new Way.

~ Michael Quicke, 360 Degree Leadership: preaching to transform congregations

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