Diva Pastor

I had a conversation with my friend about some of the people that he’s been hanging out it. I had to write about it. The title fits the conversation that we had. I don’t know what you think of when you think of a “diva” or a “pastor,” but this to me is such an interesting identity. It exists. Let’s start with some definitions.

di·va /ˈdēvə/
A famous female opera singer.
A female singer who has enjoyed great popular success.
prima donna

pas·tor /ˈpastər/
A minister in charge of a Christian church or congregation.
Be pastor of (a church or a congregation).
parson – minister – clergyman – shepherd – priest – vicar

So taking these 2 definitions – I’m talking about a prima donna pastor or clergyman. My friend was a little blown away about this gathering that he went to where there were a bunch of diva pastors. We talked about it at length, but it resolved for me when I thought about Scripture that fits the diva pastor.

The same Scriptures that many of these pastors preach out of also says that “knowledge puffs up.” These are well studied and articulate pastors. They have been in ministry for years, and are probably super amazing at teaching the Word. But it is possible to know so much of it that you miss out on what it’s saying.

A Diva Pastor is just that. They have so much knowledge that they have become arrogant.

The thing is – the Diva Pastor doesn’t know that he’s a Diva Pastor. No one around him would ever tell him that he is one. His ego is too fragile for that. You don’t become a Diva Pastor with accountability.

Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not thinking about anyone specifically (although it wouldn’t be too hard to come up with some names I’m sure. You might be able to come up with some, but don’t share those in the comments). I am simply giving some thoughts about a particular identity that I came across in my conversations this week. To think about someone specifically in that way would make me one.

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