Pastor, It’s Not Just About “Getting Things Done”

I wonder if at the root of the defection is a cultural assumption that all leaders are people who “get things done,” and “make things happen.”  That is certainly true of the primary leadership models that seep into our awareness from the culture–politicians, businessmen, advertisers, publicists, celebrities, and athletes.  But while being a pastor certainly has some of these components, the pervasive element in our two-thousand-year pastoral tradition is not someone who “gets things done” but rather the person placed in a community to pay attention and call attention to “what is going on right now” between men and women, with one another and God–this kingdom of God that is primarily local, relentlessly personal, and prayerful “without ceasing.”  –Eugene Peterson, The Pastor


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