A number of years ago someone pointed me to David Hayward, a.k.a. Naked Pastor. If my memory serves me correctly, and at my age that is a risk to trust, David began writing about his own wrestling and struggling while pastoring. Now, David teaches English as a second language and is a cartoonist. You should consider picking up his book. Here is a recent post I really liked, “Fidelity or Zealotry.”
People, especially church-y people, find it difficult when pastors show a human side. Pastors and church-y people often suffer from the same malady – idealism. Pastors look for the perfect church and become disillusioned with it all when one cannot be found. Church-y people look for the perfect pastor and become disillusioned with it all when one cannot be found. The “Elephant” in the room is the reality we are all on our way to transformation. Sadly, the elephant rarely gets talked about and worse crowds both pastors and church-y people out of the room.
I am not sure of the long story behind Wandering Shepherd. The truth is there are hundreds who could write something similar. So, here is another voice from the “pulpit” side of the exchange. Those of you who pastor will likely resonate with some of what you read. Those of you who have a pastor will read someone willing to talk about the inner life of the pastor and how he or she deals with the normal parish relationships.
Go over and give it a read. Come back and tell me what you think.