The Perfect Pastor
As you begin your search process and consider the task of finding the next pastor that God has for your
congregation, reflect on this humorous paragraph that captures the multiple perspectives of how he is viewed by
individuals in your congregation, and therefore, how difficult it is to find the “perfect” pastor.
The Perfect Preacher
He condemns sin, but never hurts anyone's feelings.
His sermons are “right on” for the other person, who really needs to hear that,
and never longer than 20 minutes.
He works from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p. m. in every kind of church task,
from preaching to janitor.
He makes $250.00 a week, wears good clothes, buys good books, has a nice family,
drives a good car, and gives $75.00 a week to the church.
He smiles all the time with a straight face because he has a sense of humor
that keeps him seriously dedicated to his work.
He makes 15 calls a day visiting church members, spends all his time
evangelizing the unchurched, and is never out of his office.
He has a burning desire to work with teenagers,
and spends all his time with older folks.
He and his family attend all church functions and smile,
while members pick and choose what they attend.
He leads the council and congregation with vision
and always lets the members have their way.