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Jim Griffith Columnist

Published Sunday, September 30, 2012

Please folks, that's 'boost, 'not 'boot' the pastor

In a Mississippi church bulletin a few weeks ago, there appeared an article titled “Boost the Pastor A Bit.”

However, a typographical error slipped in and the headline came out, “Boot the Pastor a Bit.”

Sadly, we must face the fact that quite often a typographical error relates more truth than the intended correct sentence.

Of all the rotten luck for the minister, by some wild chance this embarrassing error could have accidentally expressed the feelings of some members of the congregation -- the ones, I mean, who prefer to “boot” the pastor rather than boost him.

However, let it be clearly understood that even though ‘booting the pastor” is a pastime which is apparently enjoyed by many a churchgoer, it is by no means what is meant by the age-old plea urging congregations to “get behind the preacher.”

This booting business as it takes place in too many congregations is discouraging for the pastor, to say the least.

Regrettably, as it often happens in too many churches, just as the minister gets a toehold in the community, the congregation begins to hold a foot over him.

And, as I see it, the most distressing thing about the practice of “pastor booting “ is the fact that there is reason to believe this is about the only kind of activity some church members get a kick out of.

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