Recently I read a job posting for a West Coast church looking for a Senior Pastor. Once again, the list of qualifications and character qualities were herculian. I continue to be amazed by the "holy man" complex that many churches have, whatever happened to the treasured doctrine of the priesthood of all believers.
Darryl Dash has posted comments from Tim Keller regarding the kind of leader churches need to be pursuing. There seems to me to be, however, a systemic issue that stands in the way of this kind of shepherd. Nouwen, rightfully called for church leaders to live in community in all of their woundedness. Yet it feels like most church communities want someone who is successful, competent, and confident not broken.