I’m continually evaluating myself with this question. I suppose it’s possible that I take what I believe my calling in life is a bit too seriously, although I’m a very relaxed person and can be accused of being too loose and perhaps too free. Sort of a paradox, you could say.
However, when I read the text of Scripture, I find instruction on who and who should not be a pastor and what that pastor’s job is in relation to the group of people they are supposed to lead toward that group’s ultimate mission.
Notice that the pastor’s job is related to the group being led but also related to the group’s ultimate mission. In other words, the pastor’s job is multi-layered. The pastor must lead a group of people and their particular dynamic and culture within a particular culture and that group of people has an ultimate mission that is a given or at least should be a given.
That already feels overwhelming and I’m in need of evaluation.
The role of pastor must be moving a group of people with it’s own particular issues inside a larger population with it’s own issues that press in on the smaller group being led toward a specific mission.
The role is not particularly wide but it is very complex and requires some backbone and thick skin. So, what is a pastor? What is a pastor’s job?