5/23/2016 - Pastor As Carer (Curer) of Souls
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pastor Richard Taylor

PASTORS, I'd argue, are wounded healers: in the business of healing persons within their midst; though they're, themselves, somewhat as well as in some ways very wounded anyway.

The Latin word cura means "care," nevertheless it can be shown to indicate "cure." In accordance with Eugene Peterson in The Contemplative Pastor, the concern of souls is "Scripture-directed and prayer-shaped" - a determination to work at the prime of the person; "to concentrate on the essential."

Concentrating on the essential is spending so much time on getting to the main; to strip away allegiances for the superficial; to compel focus and a focus toward what is most shimmeringly truthful.

That's the pastor's job; to get past the task-nature of the relational task, to get away from the transactional 'tick list' mentality, and hone in on the person - their wounded soul to worry - to teach and instil self-care.

The pastor, themselves, is to be an exemplar of that that they or she is called to do in others - to facilitate such self-care (self-cure) through integrity of personal cooperation (their flesh in subjugation with all the Spirit) and Spiritual obedience. This isn't perfection, but it is maintenance; a level of competence to augment health. That done, in a continual sense, there's freedom to care for (and cure) souls.

Welsh outpouring Richard Taylor


Passing the baton is a thing every pastor desires to do. There are those that came before them; those that healed their very wounds. The pastor stands on not-so-rickety shoulders. As well as the pastor wants others to serve God with passion, and even to answer their own calling: to pastor. But pastoring is not only about who came behind and who goes ahead. It's centrally about healing; about speaking the gospel of God's gracious power into people's lives.

They sense their opportunity, and it is not limited to the church; it's really a Kingdom role. Which means that the whole of life's a series of opportunities for healing to become done, and not one moment is without that beautiful and devoted purpose - we are able to see why pastoring is a 'called' life; few would like to surrender 24/7.

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