I hope you are all able to recognize the irony in the title of this post, especially in succession to Ron’s ten-part series (which, if you haven’t done so already, you should read before entertaining me any further). You won’t find the same level of deep, poetic wisdom here, but I am hoping to share a little more about myself and what it means for me to be a pastor at New Covenant. At some point I may have time and space to explore alternative models and metaphors for ministry—ones I grew up with and ones I have seen over time—but for now I will limit myself to talking about the model that I have settled on most recently. Various mentors of mine as well as my own experience have convinced me that pastoral ministry is best characterized as spiritual direction.
Most contemporary Christians are unfamiliar with this term, despite its long and honored place in our tradition (as well as in Judaism). It is far less glamorous than many of the other models available to pastors today because it is one that is unapologetically focused on everyday life. (more…)