There’s something unique about the pastor’s presence. Another member from your local church family may visit a sick or call to encourage someone, in need. But if the pastor doesn’t call or visit, the member in need begins to wonder if the church or its pastor really cares. Pastor Paul Cedar captures thus:
Whether it’s good theology or not, people sense that a pastor represents God in a way other people do not.” (Mastering the Pastoral Role, p. 22).
As a shepherd, the pastor must be among his people. Yes, the pastor as shepherd must begin to smell like his sheep, to mediate God’s grace and presence in their lives. Pastor Cedar adds, “It’s incredible, really, that God uses pastors in such ways.”
The pastor must realize this.