Here’s One Moment:
Standing at a bulletin board littered with pastoral job descriptions in my seminary cafeteria, I saw the lists of requirements for pastoral positions. I remember thinking, “No human being can do all of this. They want to hire Jesus.”
The lists were something like this:
- Strong spiritual life with commitment to daily Bible study and prayer.
- Supports our doctrinal statement which is based on biblical Christianity.
- Will preach at least 40 Sundays each year.
- Available in the evenings for committee and ministry meetings.
- Plans Sunday services.
- Manages staff hiring.
- Leads church meetings.
- Participates in elder meetings.
- Set up and coordinate small group ministries.
- Oversee office staff who develop website, bulletin, and other communication.
- Available to counsel individuals.
- Recruit, train, and lead volunteers.
- Responsible to lead evangelistic outreach to community.
- Ensure church has thriving ministries for children, youth, and college students.
- Provide ministries to every possible niche in a white suburban setting, including but not limited to seniors, singles, parents, athletes, gamers, introverts, and rabbit owners.
- Must repair or at least kick all broken office equipment, including the copier, fax machine, and wireless router.