The Cruciform Pastorate
You can't be a pastor without embracing heartache and heartbreak.
One of the leading insights for us at the Center for Pastor Theologians has been the influence of social location on theological reflection. In the high-tide of postmodernism, it's almost cliché to make this point about social location. But for pastor theologians, it's still a point worth emphasizing. Pastors inhabit a different sort of vocational space, or social location, than, say, academics; it's an ecclesial location, and this shapes our theological reflection. So, what is it about the pastoral calling, or pastoral social location, that influences theological reflection in unique and helpful ways?
The ecclesial location entails cruciform vocation
As I read the New Testament, not least the teaching of Jesus and the letters of Paul, as I read biographies of pastors of old, and as I reflect on my own experience, I find myself arriving at this conclusion: the pastor's ecclesial location entails a cruciform vocation.
Cruciformity, literally means conformity to the Cross ...