Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Great Expectations

A Church member said to me: "The expectations on a pastor are too high!" I said that, thankfully, this seems to be less the case in Southern Africa than in the United States. Here, there is more of a tendency to see pastors as human, and therefore as conduits of God's grace -- and there, more of a tendency to see them as models, and therefore as objects of law. OBSERVATION: US statistics show that nearly all pastors consider the expectations on them to be too high. I have experienced that from time to time, but also great understanding and generosity. A grace-law continuum has been suggested as a means to understanding the ministerial call.

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