As I experience a transition in my "professional" life of ministry, I am engaged in a renewed opportunity to search my soul’s commitment to doing what Jesus wants me to do with my life. I’m especially meditating on whether my definition of "pastor" comes from Scripture… or does it come primarily from North America’s contemporary version of Christianity? I anticipate as I seek to better define "pastor" from a biblical perspective that I will be refined as a pastor. Consider these quotes:
"Yet what one senses in the shift to the professional model for ministry is an insufficient attention to our sources, to the foundational texts and exprierences out of which the church emerged. What is missing is sufficient attention to Scripture." David Bartlett, Ministry in the New Testament, p.15.
"When I became a pastor, I found that most of the counsel and direction I was given came not from Scripture but from the culture… But I didn’t want to follow it; I wanted not only my life but my ministry to be shaped by the Christian gospel revealed in Jesus." Eugene Peterson, The Unnecessary Pastor, p.7.