Pastor Schmaster part 2

Heroes Is pastoring an individualistic practice?  We seem to place a "hero" mentality on a pastor. 

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

2 Comments

  1. hey man, i’m in an internet cafe and it wont let me email you. if you can do coffee on wed or thurs afternoon that would be sweet.
    you can call my cell: 250-622-8852 and leave a message if i’m outta range.
    thanks man,
    -paulz

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