So when I’m in conversation with people they usually ask the typical question “what do you do for a living/work.” I hate that question because I usually have to say I’m a pastor at a local church. (although the blank stares are priceless.) I automatically fill boxed-in and judged as preconceived notions create a perception that I’m not fond of.
Anyhow, I guess I’m a pastor-but I don’t want to be boxed into that specific title. It seems so confined or stale. I consider myself more of a missionary (loaded word for sure) or spiritual activist that comes in the name of Jesus. One who goes into the city to learn it’s culture and create spiritual pathways that help bring the city back to God.
I think a great example of this is the Fermi Project. I just received an email from them and this is how hey communicate who they are:
“Greetings to everyone that has joined the Fermi Project – a collective of innovators, social entrepreneurs, church and society leaders recapturing the Church’s historic role in advancing the common good in culture.”
What is we staffed our churches more like that? Instead of being so program driven or title specific. I think this is more in-line with a movement mentality as opposed to building one single organization.