I‘m amazed at how many prominent pastors and spiritual leaders are obviously living in comfort… no problem with that… but without actually providing the help people need these days to grow and progress spiritually.
The church is in trouble as it loses more and more people by the ton. I speak with more people now than ever who not only have left the church but people who have never been. They all feel the church does not provide what they need to grow. They almost always feel constricted intellectually, emotionally and therefore spiritually. Instead, they are finding their own food where they can… bookstores, online, visiting speakers to their area, etcetera. Many are finding online communities that are meeting their needs.
This is the risk pastors must take: either provide popular stuff you think will keep the people but actually doesn’t feed them nutritional food which they eventually will realize and then they’ll leave, or provide real food, allow for real questions and searching and exploration and deconstruction and whatever else it takes to give people what they need to progress.