“…in this culture desire becomes elevated to the level of need…and because we tend to be a pit of bottomless desire, there is no end to our need.” Pastors are “expending their lives, running about in such busyness, attempting to service the needs of essentially selfish, self-centered consumers, without critique or limit of those needs.”
Willimon, W. H. (2002). Pastor: The theology and practice of ordained ministry. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, p. 95.
Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: How should we react?
And what should we do to instill in congregants a sensitivity to real human needs and not just desires?
I have suggested in my book “Cure for the Common Church” that the best strategy is to follow John Wesley and require that all members serve the needy on a regular basis, usually through their small group. Cure for the Common Church: God’s Plan to Restore Church Health (Wesleyan Publishing House, 2012), chapter 2, “CURE O: Grow O.U.T.”