What I find interesting about the current "Heroes" series on TV is their redefinition of a hero. There is not one super-hero. Superman doesn’t exist in this series. Instead, there is a team of strangers, wanderers, who are drawn into community in a common cause.
Could it be that "community" plays a major role in the practice of pastoring?
Let me add this Henri Nouwen quote to the mix:
"True ministry must be mutual. When the members of a community of faith cannot truly know and love their shepherd, shepherding quickly becomes a subtle way of exercising power over others and begins to show authoritarian and dictorial traits. The world in which we live- a world of efficiency and control- has no models to offer to those who want to be shepherds in the way Jesus was a shepherd… The leadership about which Jesus speaks is of a radically different kind from the leadership offered by the world. It is a servant leadership… in which the leader is a vulnerable servant who needs the people as much as they need their leader."
-Nouwen, Henri. p.63 In the Name of Jesus