Who will the Pastor be to the next generation?

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?

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  1. I think that pastors and clergy are and will still be called to be leaders and shepherds of sorts for the community. The difference, I think, is that the definition of community has changed and is changing so much that it will be up to the pastor to create and foster that community. It will be imperative to listen to the needs of the community and find new, relevent, and innovative ways to bring the messages of Christ to the congregation – whatever that looks like – as well as show the community the value of being in relationship with God and with each other.

    It’s a big job. And in my opinion, even in these days of facebook, blogs, twitter, and email, Caring Conversation is at the heart of this question. As much as we love our high-speed internet, humans are social beings. I believe that it will be up to the pastor to reach out to congregants, to foster caring conversation and caring listening, to model what being in relationship with Christ and with one another looks like, and to encourage their congregations to do the same.

    Pastors are normal people too, and that’s what faith communities are going to need to see. Pastors are going to have to get out of the pulpit and into the lives of their congregation. And they’re going to have to show the “flocks” how to do the same.

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