Pastors often face emotions in others: the grief of a widow, the turbulence of a teenager, or the wrath of a powerful board member. But what about pastors' own emotions-anxiety about the congregational meeting, love for God, frustration over unmet goals? How should these emotions be handled? Can pastors allow them to show? If so, how? And to whom?
LEADERSHIP editors Jim Berkley and Marshall Shelley posed these questions to Robert Hudnut, who represents the third generation in a family line of pastors (and recently his daughter became the fourth). He graduated from Princeton University, and Union Theological Seminary in New York. Following pastorates in New York and Minnesota, he was called to Winnetka Presbyterian Church in suburban Chicago, where he has served for eleven years.
In his most recent book, This People, This Parish (Zondervan) Bob radiates love for the people and the work of his parish, and LEADERSHIP found he also can speak candidly about the fears and anxieties of the pastorate, ...1