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What to read after that? Try Mark Galli's excellent "Why We Need More 'Chaplains' and Fewer Leaders." I loved it. Here are some highlights.
Real pastors don't grow megachurches. Instead, "they bring healing to hurting souls."
- "The chaplain prays for people in distress, administers sacraments to those in need, leads worship for those desperate for God."
- The pastor-as-chaplain is at the beck and call of those who are hurting for God. He's not his own man. She is not her own woman.
- You won't mistake a pastor-chaplain for an entrepreneurial leader or a catalyst for growth. "No, the chaplain is unmistakably a servant."
- Our secular, capitalistic culture has seduced pastors into wanting to be mega-leaders and entrepreneurs. This is the pastor as successful business leader.
- Contrary to the successful business leader, Our Lord, Jesus, the Original Pastor, spent time and energy on healing hurting souls.
- At one point in Pastor Jesus's ministry he actually lost disciples. (See John 6:66)
- In Mark 10:42-45 we read: "Jesus called them to him and said to them, 'You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles like to be seen as "leaders," "entrepreneurs," "catalysts for growth," and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many'." (With slight paraphrase)
- So where in the world did we get the idea of "pastor" as anything but a "curer of souls?"
- Pastoral soul-healing has many dimensions.
- A pastor is "first and foremost a chaplain - [which] is fundamentally about the healing of souls—helping men and women, boys and girls, to become right with God, and therefore, right with others."
To the few of you: you are the only real pastors that I've known.
I thank God for you, and that you chaplained me.