A lot of pastors think their job is to preach. And they never truly reach. They never connect. They never understand. They never seem to truly care.
They build an image and erect walls to protect that image. You can't get to know the real person because you're not allowed in.
On the other hand, those who choose to open up aren't always viewed as promotable. They don't say and do the "right" things. They don't always "act" like pastors.
Strange dilemma isn't it? It's almost as if it were designed this way...damned if you do, damned if you don't.
The late David Michael of Dalton, Georgia chose the reach rather than preach. How can I know this when we never met? Because I've been lucky enough to befriend one of his daughters and his reach extends through her.
Over the past year, a pastor has chosen to reach out to me, rather than hide behind a false image. To speak honestly. To wonder and wander. It's one of the rare times in my 38 years of trying to get to know pastors that I believe I'm seeing the real person. And that person's heart is safe with me.
It's almost as if each pastor has a choice: to succeed outwardly or inwardly. To earn treasures now or set them aside for later. And the rest of their career or calling or whatever it is (or was) is spent living with the consequences of that decision.
Can you name a pastor that has chosen to reach rather than preach? And whatever became of them?
I would love to hear your stories.