|University of Michigan|
Eugene Peterson is a prophetic voice for today. He shepherds me through his writing. For example::
"As our society has become secularized, the leaders in affairs of faith and church are now understood through the filters of a secular culture,
and are now variously understood variously as
... a religious CEO,
... a community organizer,
... a therapist,
... a chaplain to a religious club,
... or a religious entertainer."
- Eugene Peterson, Foreward, in Arthur Boers, Servants and Fools: A Biblical Theology of Leadership
A non-secularized pastor-leader...
... rejects power for self promotion,
...is grounded in worship,
...has a praying life,
...and is not concerned with results.
A pastor-leader is not concerned with results because their overriding concern is following Jesus and inviting others to join them. (Throughout history many Jesus-followers labored without seeing results.)