They have been called by many names and titles. Minister, preacher, and, for an older generation, parson. For those in the High Church traditions, sometimes they go by a more ornate term, like Reverend. Pastor is the most widely used term for those in full-time vocational ministry. The problem with the word pastor in English is that it means almost everything, so it sometimes doesn’t mean anything—anything specific. Think of all the images that come to mind when you hear the word pastor. He’s the older, wise man everyone loves and is there for weddings, funerals, birthdays, and child dedications. He is always available with practical advice. He’s an expert in deciphering the Bible and maybe even reads it in the original Greek and Hebrew. He shows up for workdays and is always there to lend a helping hand, a listening ear, and a word of encouragement. (more…)
What’s it like to be a preacher in the 21st century western world? There are many ideas about who these guys are and what exactly they do. There are many expectations on what they should do. Often we see the light shining on preachers in large churches and assume we’ve got the whole picture. But do we really understand what the life of a typical preacher is like?
I don’t know when or where it started, but October is clergy, or pastor, appreciation month. The second Sunday of the month is set aside for the specific day to recognize ministers throughout the land and their service. So for the Discussions this week that is exactly what we’re going to do. Make plans now to join Robert and me at 8p Central as we welcome one of my favorite pastors to the show. Hear his story and feel free to send in questions. It is my hope that we can encourage those in ministry and shed some light on what a pastor’s life is really like to the rest of the world.
You can catch the live webcast here or on our Sunday Night Discussions Google + page where questions can be sent in much easier.
Look forward to seeing you then.