Should a pastor be an entrepreneurial leader or a loving shepherd?A person who casts vision or who cares for broken people?Depending on which books you read and conferences you attend, you'll hear it argued either way.To bring clarity to the debate, LEADERSHIP asked two respected voices to make their case for which role-shepherd or leader-should be primary for pastors today.
Why Pastors Must Be Shepherds
Shepherds endear themselves to the flock. It's a wonderful style of ministry.
I began pastoral ministry in 1963. I was 23, fresh out of seminary, and assigned to a church on the wrong side of the street in a Southern California community. I was given practically no chance of pulling my little charge out of the doldrums. But I had learned from my heritage how important it was to love people. So I did.
I called in their homes, paid attention to their children, visited the sick in hospitals and nursing homes, prayed for the downtrodden and lonely. I made myself available and ...1