A shepherd. A servant leader. Assertive and foundationally unshakeable.
He embraces the differences in people, but connects each person through the vehicle of friendship and relationship to the cross, the ultimate goal of the loving, devout pastor.
Despite what our culture and even those within the church, we [pastors] are not meant to be push-overs. Outward actions of peace, passivity and compassion do not equate into soft, indecisive leader. This pursuit of peace is because we live in conflict every day just like all of our members. We have no secret. There is no special formula of how many coffee's or organic bran muffins to achieve theological potency with our words. We are people who live in a glass house and we know it. We made up our minds (with the support of our family) to step up into the role God calls us to. In a later blog post, my wife Leigha, will write, "What is a Pastor's Wife?"
When researching the role of pastor (caretaker of people) you may find that vocationally the definition is difficult to define. Please ask yourself why? Who complicates simple things? God or us?
Frank E. Coleman is pastor of Compass Church. Married, two boys (and baby Coleman due Sept. 19!), and a transparent faith journey. He currently lives in Evansville, IN and works bi-vocationally in Men's Shoes at Dillard's in Eastland Mall.