If you don’t know Eric, you should know that he’s a good friend of mine. We’ve known each other for about 9 years. Until a few months ago, Eric was a paid vocational pastor with a church in Savannah. On his blog, he shared many of his struggles with the discrepancies that he saw between his job/position and his interpretation of Scripture. So, he resigned from his job. Now, he continues to share his struggles as he continues to interpret Scripture and what God is doing in his life.
In this post, Eric is considering the common assumption that “pastor” = “preacher” (at least among the Christian traditions and social contexts that we’re both most familiar with).
As Eric says, when we equate “pastoring” with “preaching” we lose much of the importance and context of each term.
Read Eric’s post, reply to him on his blog, then jump back over to hear to answer these questions:
1) Do you agree that there is a difference in Scripture between “pastoring” and “preaching”? 2) If so, how can we help people understand the difference without coming across as arrogant or condescending?