I don’t know if you have ever seen the program Crimewatch while surfing through the channels. In this TV series, they use sophisticated software to produce composite pictures of criminals based on various eyewitness accounts. It was fascinating to watch the the suspect’s face be put together on screen; first the hair, then the eyes, the nose, the mouth, the ears, and so on. With the reach and leverage of a TV program, the criminals were often rapidly identified and the following week the real picture was placed beside the composite, usually revealing a remarkable similarity.
So, what if we put together a composite of the perfect pastor – what would he look like? And, would the real pastor have any similarity to the composite we create?
Because of the varieties of churches and philosophies of ministry you could not formulate one composite for all churches. People expect the pastor to do everything from being the church’s CEO to working as its maintenance engineer. Some expect him to be the great communicator, a building architect, the master problem solver, and all around jack of all trades.
But, results of a computerized survey show that the perfect pastor…
- Preaches exactly 10 minutes, condemns sin, but never upsets anyone.
- He works from 8:00 a.m. until midnight except of course, on the Sabbath where he works from 6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
- He makes $60 per week, wears good clothes, buys good books, drives a good car…and gives about $50 per week to the poor.
- He is twenty-eight years old and has been preaching for thirty years.
- He is wonderfully gentle and handsome.
- He has a burning desire to work with teenagers and spends all his spare time with senior citizens.
- The perfect pastor smiles all the time with a straight face because he has a sense of humor that keeps him seriously dedicated to his work.
- He makes fifteen calls a day on church families, shut-ins and the hospitalized.
- He spends all his time evangelizing the “unchurched” and is always in his office when needed.
That would be some composite and would not look anything like me or any of the pastor’s here at Northstar. If I was going to build a composite of the pastor I want to be, it would include the following: I want to be a model of Christ. I want to be a shepherd. I want to evangelize, baptize and disciple. And I want to be a servant. Because although I serve the Lord first and foremost, I also want to serve people according to God’s directives. Just like Jesus did.