What is a pastor?
To many Christians, he’s the guy that stands at the pulpit once a week and delivers a message. Some will ponder and talk about the message later in their own homes. Others will feel good about the message for a little bit if it’s positive, or feel guilty and convicted for a little if it’s negative, then go on with their days and their lives.
To some Christians, he’s a counselor. They go to him because they are hurting. They go because they need help. They go because a good friend told them they need to get their lives in shape.
Some people see a well-known pastor as a marketing tool. They love to tell everybody they know, “that’s my pastor!” They take pride in going to the church where he preaches.
Some people see pastors as the person who direct’s the church’s vision. They associate everything that goes right (or wrong) in the church with him.
When people think of a pastor, they often get a picture of what a great pastor looks like. Some people think of Jonathan Edwards, the great revivalist who was known for his “fire-and-brimstone” style messages. Some people think Billy Graham, an evangelist who God used to spark a street revival throughout the United States. Some will think of their own pastor at their home church. Somebody who is not so extraordinary as some of these people named, but who works diligently to minister to the congregation.