I do not boast many years of pastoral ministry. But this one thing I’ve found to be true in my few years, comparatively speaking, of pastoral ministry: the pastor must be a people person. If the pastor is not a people person, his ministry is doomed to fail.
Now by people person I do not mean that the pastor must strive to please people. This would contradict Paul’s words in Galatians 1:10, which says that a people-pleaser would not be “Christ’s slave.” Rather, what I’m saying is that the pastor’s main task has to do with people.
Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. (Acts 20:28 NIV, emphasis added)
The pastor’s business has to do with people: 1. He must not only watch over himself but the flock as well. 2. He is to shepherd the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. It’s costly. The pastor must rise to the challenge and be a people person, specially when these people are the blood bought church of God.
A pastor who is not a people person is a contradictory matter.