What Does a Pastor Do?

We learned at the close of the service this past Sunday that our Search Committee has narrowed its search to two candidates. We must continue to pray for our committee as they do the task of finding God’s person for our church.      

I was going through a large collection of clippings recently and found one that I want to share with you. I believe it is appropriate as we look forward to a new pastor in the coming months.

What Does a Pastor Do?

"The pastor teaches, though he must solicit his own classes. He heals, though without pills or knife. He is sometimes a lawyer, often a social worker, something of an editor, a bit of a philosopher and entertainer, a salesman, a decorative piece for public functions, and he is supposed to be a scholar. He visits the sick, marries people, buries the dead, labors to console those who sorrow and to admonish those who sin, and tries to stay sweet when chided for not doing his duty. He plans programs, appoints committees when he can get them; spend considerable time in keeping people out of each other’s hair; between times he prepares a sermon and preaches it on Sunday to those who don’t happen to have any other engagement. Then on Monday he smiles when some jovial chap roars, what a job--one day a week!"

Always, Dr. Hugh Kirby