Getting Things Done

This is a quote taken from Eugene Peterson’s latest offering for us “Pastor: A Memoir,” which I dedicate to all pastors in our midst who struggle with the demands of the prevalent culture of “getting things done.” I suggests to churches to buy this book for their pastor as a gift. And if you can, get this book for me as well :). 

“I wonder if the root of the defection is a cultural assumption that all leaders are people who “get things done,” and “make things happen.” that is certainly true of the primary leadership models that seep into our awareness from the culture-politicians, businessmen, advertisers, publicists, celebreties, and athletes. But while being a pastor certainly has some of these components, the pervasive element in our two-thousand-year pastoral tradition is not someone who “get things done” but rather the person placed in the community to pay attention and call attention to “what is going on right now” between men and women, with one another and with God-this kingdom of God that is primarily local, relentlessly personal, and prayerful “without ceasing.” p.5

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