There are a number of ways that the oldfashioned model of 

church avoids some of the pitfalls of celebrity Christianity: There is a willingness to serve difficult communities and be a presence 

there. Large churches tend to locate themselves where they can be 

easily accessed, have enough space for the thousand-strong 

congregation, and can attract the mass market. Older churches were 

built at a time before everyone had a car, and so had to be walking distance for their communities. This means there are buildings in every 

community, rich and poor. The bog standard vicar has 

fewer temptations because there is less of an image to cultivate. Yes

they are a pillar of the community, but the standards expected are more realistic than those imposed on modern pastors of being exciting, 

crowdpulling, modern, full of the spirit, etc. 


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