One of Brian McLaren’s points at the conference was that pastors need to move from being experts to becoming amateurs. That doesn’t mean that we should pastor for free. Amateurs are motivated by the love of what they do. Brian told us we should figure out what it will take to love what we do, and then do it.
It’s so easy to drop the activities that help us stay in love. For me it’s stuff like solitude and reading. For my friend Ed it’s playing the guitar and writing songs. It almost takes somebody like Brian to come along and give us permission to do what we already know we should be doing.