The Relational Character of Pastoral Ministry

” . . . this is where most of the satisfaction comes in being a pastor, in being local and being personal.  The vocation of the pastor is one of the best in which you can learn to find out ways to be intimate with people and to understand the actual location where you live.  This Earth is glorious, and we’re not disembodied—we don’t levitate.  We’re people with our feet on the ground, and who else gets to do this in quite the way a pastor can do?  You know, a doctor deals with bodies who are disembodied from place and relationships, and the businessman is dealing with commercial transactions that have nothing to do with relationships as far as he’s concerned.  But a pastor gets to do it all; the whole thing comes together, and the pastor knows whole entire families and neighborhoods and gets to see the whole thing:  the good, the bad, the indifferent, the sick, the healthy.  I think it’s a glorious vocation to get called into, and it saddens me when pastors eliminate so much of it just by ignoring the actual circumstances in which they live and try to plant something that’s disincarnate and using programs instead of relationships in order to cultivate the Christian life.” – Eugene Peterson – Interview – 7/25/12
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