Pastoring consumers

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July 12, 2014 by Isaac Hovet

Leading a church requires one to face the reality that many people relate to pastors as consumable products: used for wisdom, for counsel, for ceremony, for pick me ups, for teaching. The problem is that I live among the people who come to me as a professional. And they relate to me on the most personal level.

But, it ain’t reciprocal. Not even close.

If I were comfortable with a compartmentalized life, this would be acceptable. But, alas, something about being human draws me to being able to just be human. This dehumanization will not cease until laity and clergy decide to approach each other as humans first instead of a services-purchaser approach.

I guess the first step is awareness. So, here you go.

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3 thoughts on “Pastoring consumers

  1. Deb says:

    I respect your wisdom and counsel so much AND I consider you “friend”. Not always the combination that gets to happen at church. Guess I just want you to know that you are appreciated. So much.

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