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what a pastor is… April 2, 2007

Posted by abi in ministry.
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I read on a blog about an article about what a pastor IS, and it says:

Standing in the gap, the priest also requires something old: the capacity to hear the groan of God in creation… the groan of God and trying with all your craft and art to do something about it. Here is what we seek in a priest: one who comprehends what is at stake in the spiritual warfare that is our reality; is passionate about the work, and has a characteristic that Jackson Carroll calls resiliency: ‘a toughness combined with elasticity that enables one to endure without breaking when one is facing the tough challenges and difficult tasks that constitute pastoral ministry today.’ This is the second paradox: the Church needs leaders who are soft enough to enter into the pain and tough enough to take it.

I also really like this description and think its fairly accurate on many levels.  And knowing (and having dated two) pastors and now possibly considering full-time ministry and entering more of a “pastoral role” than ever before – this description hit me hard.  Am I hard enough to stand?  I think its hard to stand alone too – without a loving community and people supporting you as you stand in the gap before God.

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