Some good thoughts from Drew Dyck on pastoring.
Since graduating from seminary six years ago, I can’t think of one former classmate who is now a pastor. For many young Christians today, going into missions or the pastorate is now the second-class option. Doing social work, starting a charity, or working for an NGO—those are the cool vocations. Next to such endeavors the ancient, plodding work of shepherding a congregation seems passé to many. That worries me. If the Christians of yesteryear exalted ministry vocations to unhealthy heights, I fear the pendulum may now be swinging too far in the opposite direction.
We do seem to have these pendulum swings. I remember growing up truly admiring some great pastors, and probably putting them on pedestals. Yet, as I have pastored for 25 years I have found profound joy in simply being a pastor. I have moved from a “leadership” model that looks more like a CEO to hopefully something models more of a pastor. I still care about growth in my church. I’m not going to lie.
But I care about loving the people I get to serve every day even more. I care about loving my community I get to serve every day. This is why we have Blue Chip Pastor. We need pastors to love what they are doing!