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My Pastor Irritates Me

Do any of you have pastors who appear as if they are trying out for drama auditions in the pulpit? My pastor always appears to be putting on a dramatic play when reading the Bible/Sermon. Kind of irritates me.

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 ---Cana on 8/1/06
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Yes, I'm glad someone brought this up. Fake sobbing puts me over the edge every time, as do embarrassing dramatic depictions of the crucifixion and other suffering in the Bible, complete with gasping and moaning. He keeps spouting one-liners from the altar. While preaching, he changes his voice to sound like William Shantner's Captain Kirk, with machine gun repetition of the first letter in every sentence. Worship time, the man thinks he's Guns n Roses up there. He has his mike turned way up. Put cotton in my ear this Sunday to preserve my hearing. Can't sing or play the guitar either. He just strums and hollers. Dear Lord give me strength. This is a real problem in some churches, to deny it or sugar coat it is to agree with foolishness.
---Sara62 on 11/9/15


If you aren't pleased with your pastor's actions you should find a new church.
---Angie on 4/15/08


I wonder who YOU irritate? Why so critical?maybe he is just enthusiastic in which case yoiu are blessed to have him try listening to what he says if his so called dramatics annoy you shut your eyes.LISTEN to him and learn from God stop being so critical
---doree4573 on 4/14/08


Do you know what helps to make a good Pastor? Having support from his congregation. The people in the church needs to be behind their Pastor if he is truly a man of God and obeying God's word and preaching God's word. It just takes one person in the church to hinder the service. Does your Pastor really irritate you or is that just a reason to complain on the Pastor?
---Rebecca_D on 4/14/08


If that is all he does "wrong", praise God!

Do you prefer a static monotone to bore people senseless with the Word of God?
---John_T on 4/13/08




Cana--Thank the Lord for having given you a good opportunity to learn (and practice) forbearance, patience, and how to look beyond surface annoyances.
---Jack on 4/12/07


Donna9759 I don't mind them being boring. I just go to sleep. If they don't bother my sleep I won't bother their preaching. If they wake me and say, "You are snoring too loud" I just say "you are preaching too low."
It really gets bad if the preacher falls asleep too.
Had one preacher jump across the platform like a bird...almost shot him. I got voted in as a member without asking cause the people wanted me there for the next time.
---Elder on 9/20/06


Donna9759 , You just got a vote from me, I like that, you are funny. God Bless. --Mrs. Morgan.
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/20/06


Elder-LOL!!! Here I am. Just kidding. But Elder, many times when my Pastor was teaching, he was so boring, I said to the Lord, "Lord I'm gonna go grab that microphone out of his hand and start preaching." I felt the Holy Spirit say, "Oh you think so, do you?" LOL I quickly repented.
---Donna9759 on 9/20/06


Unfortunately, many preachers feel the pressure or need to "perform" in the pulpit. This can come from a number of things such as inexperience, insecurity, imitating other preachers, trying to keep the congregation awake, etc.
---Greg on 9/20/06




emg , My pastor would never even speak at a "unrepentant sinners" funeral, unless God moved on him to do so like for a "specific purpose", I haven't heard when this has happened though, so he wouldn't have that problem. --Mrs. Morgan
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/20/06


My pastor says we're all flesh. But what starts out in the flesh, ends up in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit. Matt 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them." Pastor may be going after one sheep that is straying on the mountain. Matt 18:12
---Rachel on 9/20/06


2) I am not advocating dishonesty, only sensitivity to the grieving and broken family which needs comfort and hope
---Christina on 9/20/06


1) EMG, Never gave the thought to the possibility of such an "honest" sermon...If a pastor believes the deceased is lost, how do they know for sure, since God alone knows our hearts? What was the motive in telling the family in the midst of their grief where the person was going? Since being born again, funerals I've been to have glorified and pointed to Jesus, giving hope, comfort and not condemnation. cont...
---Christina on 9/20/06


Some pastors may be just putting on a show,especially if operating in the flesh. However, a dramatic or emotional sermon is not necessarily show, but may be entirely Spirit led. I am more turned off by sermons that are totally void of emotion and simply cerebral...true love for God can be VERY emotional. It's not our job to judge a persons heart, but we DO need discernment and should make sure we are in a bible based, born again church.
---Christina on 9/20/06


The church is there for your spiritual growth. If anything distracts from that, you need to find out what is causing it, and correct it. In your case, it's the pastor's dramatism. You have two choices: One, talking with him and explain your dislike. If he feels he shouldn't change, your only other option is to leave the church.
---wivv on 9/19/06


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Rebecca D "has anyone ever noticed that at a funeral, everyone is saved and going to heaven?" NOT ALWAYS. A few years ago, in the area where I live, a pastor preached a very honest message at a funeral and made it very clear where the deceased was going. The family were furious, it made headline news in the local papers and eventually the body was exhumed and the family arranged a fresh funeral where, presumably, the minister was prepared to say nice things.
---emg on 8/6/06


Didn't know about your grandfather. That makes it tough. I'm sure the pastor doesn't know how he sometimes comes across. He may be trying to imitate some Christian speaker he admires...I've seen pastors do that (intentional or not, I don't know).
---Donna2277 on 8/5/06


Thanks for your input. I'll pray and ask God to do some root pulling to find out why I'm feeling this way. Love you out there.
---Cana on 8/5/06


Cana, you seem to be getting the 3rd degree here. I'm so sorry about your grandfather. Maybe you were embarrassed by your Pastor because of what people said. Maybe you are having a hard time grieving, and the irritation is a good distraction from the loss of a loved one. I think you should just give this to God and ask for his help to get over it. You can't control what others do or say, it's not your responsibilty. Let it go and cling to the Lord. He will be your refuge and strong tower.
---Katie on 8/4/06


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has anyone ever noticed that at a funeral, everyone is saved and going to heaven? Cana; how did this Preacher preach? If he didn't preach, then he should have. If he did, maybe he was preaching about people dying without Jesus and your extended family didn't like it, as well as yourself.
---Rebecca_D on 8/3/06


It never ceases to amaze me that people complain about the pastor for the most minor of things.

How would those people feel if their working for a living job was judged by the same criteria?
He uses an irritiating tone of voice.
His presentations do not thrill me.
He uses Power Point instead of speaking plainly.

Pray for your pastor, and if you don't like him for some stupid reason, pray harder, then shut up.
---John_T on 8/3/06


Have you considered your pastor has put himself into his calling? I love to hear preachers who are "preaching" and not standing stiff with soft talk.
---shira on 8/3/06


Rather than focus on the mannerisms of the speaker and on how poorly he/she is delivering the sermon, perhaps it would be better to focus on our own attitudes toward God while sitting in a pew. Are we in church to worship God or are we there to be entertained or to judge a performance? No speaker flaws can snuff out God's message to us if we are listening with a worshipful heart.
---Benny on 8/3/06


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I'm not complaining, it's just that my Grandpa died several weeks ago, and even the funeral service was dramatic. Extended family asked, "What was that?" We simply wanted to hear a few words about my grandpa and his Savior. I'm just bothered deep down spiritually about it.
---Cana on 8/3/06


Cana-- I imagine some in your church LIKE that style of preaching. And I'm also sure he's doing what he feels God is calling him to do, the way God wants him to. If his doctrine is right and his life is a good example as a Christian, try to look past his style. I don't care much for preaching like that either, but pastors are human. We need to cut them some slack.
---Donna2277 on 8/2/06


Maybe it is the way that he preaches. No two preachers preach alike. Some are quit and stay behind the pulpit, while others (like my Pastor) doesn't stay in one place. he demonstraites what the word says and it becomes more clear. I know I couldn't do better than him. I wouldn't want his job.
---Rebecca_D on 8/2/06


All of those that could do a better job than your Pastor please raise your hand and then write and let us know.
Thanks
---Elder on 8/2/06


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** I agree with Nurse those who try to get you in a frenzy emotionally are doing wrong.**

Once upon a time a preacher's sermon notes were found, and in the margin was written, "Argument weak here. Yell like hell."
---Jack on 8/2/06


"...and cute little anecdotal stories"

Ditto!
---augusta on 8/2/06


I agree with Nurse those who try to get you in a frenzy emotionally are doing wrong. Those who are trying to make a point with theatrics to make you remember are not creating a problem. That is why Cana must speak to the one who is irritating her.
---Elder on 8/1/06


Cana-I agree with you. Church sermons have turned into theatrics and forms of entertainment with jokes and cute little anecdotal stories. There is no meat coming from the pulpits. The birds of the air have taken nest in the mustard tree and the woman has placed her leaven in the three pecks of meal and leaven has spread. People don't want the truth they enjoy having their ears tickled. Do you think people like being told not everyone who believes will inherit the kingdom?
---Ryan on 8/1/06


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Like Cana, I have always had an issue with pastors who are overly energentic at the pulpit. I do not beleive that overemotionalism is appropriate in church and a lot of pastors I know will try to whip up your emotions instead of giving you the word.
---NurseRobert on 8/1/06


Have you ever thought that the problem lays in Cana?
Have you ever spoke to him about your concerns or just to other people?
Then, what suggestion do you have to make it better?
---Elder on 8/1/06


Never had a Pastor do this, but a woman preached at our church about 5 years ago and she did this dance, shrugged her shoulders, gasped her breath when she taught, and I knew she was trying to imitate someone who has the real anointing on them. I thought it was funny. I don't remember a thing she spoke about because she was too fake for me. I wouldn't sit under a person who wasn't teaching Spirit and Life. It's easy to tell the difference.
---Donna9759 on 8/1/06


It's not the "theatrics" that are the issue, but what is in his heart, and his motive for teaching in this style. Unfortunately only God knows the true motives and heart of the man. You can pray for him, and ask God to examine your heart, pray that both of your motives will be godly. It's okay to be irritated, just be wary that you aren't making assumptions and judging what you can't possibly know.
---Katie on 8/1/06


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You should be thankful that you have a pastor who appears to be passionate about God's word. Don't complain, just enjoy his theatrics, and be thankful your pastor isn't so boring that he puts you to sleep. Don't you react differently with things you have passion for?
---Dottie on 8/1/06


Ask God to help you overcome this. Every leader irritates someone. Be glad that he has given his life to teach people.
---john on 8/1/06


Some preachers are just more dramatic than others. Their methods will be helpful to some and not to others in much the same way as a very quietly spoken preacher will really get the message across to some and almost sent others to sleep. Try to listen carefully to the message and overlook the method if you can.
---M.P. on 8/1/06


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