Our church is in a period of transition. As a part of the process we were asked to complete a survey. Most of the survey focused on the type of pastor desired for the church. While pondering my responses I began thinking about the survey, vision for our church, and qualities I want in a pastor.
One of the first things that struck me was maybe I/we are asking the wrong questions. Instead making a list of qualities I/we want in a pastor shouldn’t I focus on what God wants. It is possible that the leader God has chosen for our church is very different from the one I would pick out. Of course, it is also possible that I am actually being open to God’s leading and not influenced by my own personal biases.
As I was thinking what makes a good pastor I kept thinking of one of our former pastors, Dr. R. Other than my Granddad he is probably one of the pastors I admire most. Dr. R is an amazing pastor. He rocks. Ok, well not really because he is actually quite the opposite of anything trendy or cool. Dr. R doesn’t wear funky glasses, untucked shirts, ripped jeans like Rob Bell or even Hawaiian shirts like Rick Warren. Dr. R. was usually one of the only men at church in a suit. He joked that he wore suits, so it was easy for visitors to pick out the pastor. However, Dr. R has many qualities that make him an amazing pastor. First, his openness to God’s leading. Second, Dr. R is truly a Greek and New Testament scholar. At least when he was our pastor he did his daily devotions in Greek. Besides being our pastor, Dr. R was also a Greek and New Testament professor. Dr. R has the ability to communicate clearly with Theology students as well as young children or those who have never been to church before. Our church had two services for a while. The first service was attended by mostly members usually those who worked during the later service or worked with children. During the service Dr. R’s sermon would be tailored for that audience. The sermon for the second service would be the same but without a lot of “church terms”. I would describe it as more seeker friendly rather than seeker sensitive. Finally, Dr. R took the time to get to know the members of our church not just those who were influential.