To the next generation of progressive Christians who will the pastor be?
In the past the pastor has been a dynamic role in the community. They have served the image of Christianity to people in all walks of life. However, this next generation of progressive people do not find themselves connected to a community and do not even know how to interact with a pastor. In moments of pain and joy the pastor used to be there to provide support and assist the rising significance for individuals.
However, now when moments of significance happen there is no ongoing validation of that significance. Now this is great because individuals no longer need to search for validation of a person higher in the hierarchy. The problem is that there is also no community or individual to help raise those moments high enough to have an ongoing connection.
The honest truth is that here I have no answer to this question. I do not yet know what role clergy will play, but it will either be dynamic or the pastor will be deemed useless. As we move forward, consider what it means to have a clergy person. How might we affirm clergy and how might clergy affirm their roles in dynamic new ways?