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May 23 2016

Pastor As Carer (Curer) of Souls

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

The Latin word cura means "care," but it can be shown to indicate "cure." Based on Eugene Peterson in The Contemplative Pastor, the care of souls is "Scripture-directed and prayer-shaped" - a determination to be effective at the prime of your person; "to concentrate on the essential."
pastor Richard Taylor

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

This is the pastor's job; to get at night task-nature of the relational task, to leave the transactional 'tick list' mentality, and sharpen on the person - their wounded soul of looking after - to teach and instil self-care.
Welsh outpouring Richard Taylor

The pastor, themselves, is to be an exemplar of that which he or she is called to accomplish in others - to facilitate such self-care (self-cure) through integrity of personal cooperation (their flesh in subjugation using the Spirit) and Spiritual obedience. This is not 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.

Passing the baton is one thing every pastor really wants to do. There are those who came before them; those who healed their very wounds. The pastor stands on not-so-rickety shoulders. And also the pastor wants others to provide God with passion, as well as 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 a Kingdom role. Which means the whole of every day life is a series of opportunities for healing to be done, and not one moment is without that stunning and devoted purpose - we can see why pastoring is a 'called' life; few would like to surrender 24/7.

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