In commenting on the "Filings" article titled, "WOLVES IN SHEPHERD’S CLOTHING AGAIN," Jim Peet suggests one of the causes for pastoral abuse is the "Great Man" syndrome.
When big name pastors/leaders fall into sin, we all hear about it. Between adultery, same-sex relationships, child molesting -- or disgraceful financial dealings -- we used to be shocked at such news. Now, we are so used to hearing it, and have begun to embrace a special appreciation for the many who finished or are finishing well.
As to why big name pastors arise in the first place, we can suggest many causes. Unless we are total cynics, we can reasonably say that the Holy Spirit has gifted and called some men to lead large, influential congregations. We can also suggest that some men are strong leaders with entrepreneurial expertise -- some combining their expertise with true spirituality, some building strictly upon entrepreneurial grounds, telling people what they want to hear.
But a big factor in the rise of the "Great Man" Syndrome is the desire by many Christians to be under the ministry of such men. Why do so many Christians drive a large distance to be under the "Great Man" when, perhaps, a faithful pastor is ministering at a nearby church? What is the draw of the "Great Man?"
The question deals with the predominant reason, unless you believe no reason is predominant.