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This morning I was having a great conversation at Starbucks with Pastor Chris Coffman, the associate pastor of outreach at our church. We were talking about pastoral sin. (now THERE’S a fun topic for you!)
We talked about the tension between the need/desire for church members to know that their pastors are human, but their fear that they will be “too human”. Historically when pastors have been shown to be “too human” they are figuratively crucified and drummed out of ministry. The burden of proof in finding this balance does not lie on the lay person, however. The burden of proof (as it were) lies on the leader. He or she has the responsibility to make an effort to make the fact of his weaknesses known, without destroying her credibility among the people of the congregation.
I don’t exactly know why, but the concept of tirthankara came to my mind. (Of course, I’m sure the same thing came to YOUR mind!) (more…)