OK...this comes out of the youth thread, but I think it's appicable across the board. There's a lot of dynamic leadership out there in Christian circles. Many of these folks have devoted followings. Some of it, at times, appears to border on "hero worship." It cuts across all lines, denominations, and conservative/liberal leanings. I see it with popular Christian Bible teachers. I see it with musicians. I see it with evangelicals, fundamentalists, and everywhere in between. I think that in my "target group" (jr. high-collegiate) this problem seems to be more prominent...but it's entirely possible for a 70 year-old to elevate their favorite preacher/singer to a status beyond what is appropriate...however, the 13 year-old is usually more vocal about it with their "hero." So here's some questions for yas: At what point is a line crossed from "enthusiastic supporter" to one who engages in hero worship? How do you discourage "hero worship" from taking place with your group you lead? (I'm interested in all responses, but especially those who work with students) What responsibility does the person that's "idolized" have for taking themselves off the pedestal? What should they do to discourage "hero worship?" Obviously, hero worship is wrong. Certainly, it can devastate churches and take one's eyes off Christ. And of course, it can (and does) happen in many Christian circles today. I look forward to your responses.