Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Is Not a Ministry Guide

"The infamous pyramid was never an accurate description of how people act, let alone a guide to discipleship." CToday

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Andrew K's picture

Throw it in the dustbin of ideas, along with Bloom's taxonomy, "learning styles" (visual, auditory, kinesthetic), and "right-brain, left-brain" paradigms.

Every time someone brings up one of these things in my education workshops, I tune out. These are at best gross oversimplifications that might capture some patterns or categories of behavior so broadly as to be practically useless; at worst, utter nonsense that trap us into permanent misconceptions about the nature of psychology and cognition.

Humans and human behavior are too complex to chart with a few neologisms and well-placed lines.

Aaron Blumer's picture


The name-it-claim-it prosperity preachers are not subtle at all about preaching a self-actualization message. But it shows up in fundamental heritage churches as well in the sheer quantity of results arguments. How much preaching argues that if you do ____ the Bible way you'll be happier and things will go better for you, and if you do _____ "the world's way" it will result in disaster? These are ways of saying "It's in your best interests to obey the Bible." This is true, but way overused and the bigger argument is so often missing: "This is what pleases God and intentionally brings Him glory."

As soon as believers fed on too many results arguments experience major loss, adversity, suffering, or just struggle, their fath begins to teeter. No surprise.

Views expressed are always my own and not my employer's, my church's, my family's, my neighbors', or my pets'. The house plants have authorized me to speak for them, however, and they always agree with me.