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Pastoral Titles Gone Wild
All I had when I was a kid was a pastor. That’s it. No one told me that there was anything else, anything more. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I learned that some pastors were called senior pastors and some youth directors were called youth pastors. I was amazed and astounded. But there was more.
I soon found out that the number of pastoral titles was close to the number of ways that you can spell Gadhafi. The list has grown faster than the number of Charlie Sheen’s twitter followers. There are more types of pastors than there are tattoos on an NBA basketball team. There are more types of pastors than there are bad analogies in this paragraph.
Here just a few: senior pastor, youth pastor, worship pastor, senior adult pastor, executive pastor, administrative pastor, lead pastor, pastor for preaching, teaching pastor, children’s ministry pastor, young adult pastor, singles pastor, pastor of pastoral care, missions pastor, pastor of evangelism, pastor of spiritual development, pastor of education, pastor of discipleship, and the list goes on and on and on.
You might think that some of these titles are unnecessary? You might believe that some of them give off a strange vibe? You might think that there has to be a limit on the different types of pastoral titles?
I’ve got news for you–you haven’t really seen anything yet.
In the coming years, the pastoral titles will really go wild. Here are just a few that you can expect to see in the not-too-distant future:
1. Pastor for Absorbing Criticism. Pastors often face huge amounts of criticism. Wouldn’t it be great if there was one pastor responsible for hearing all of it? And wouldn’t it be great if he looked just like Stanley from The Office? And wouldn’t it be great if he worked on his crossword puzzles while people with nothing better to do went on and on about why the flowers they bought in memory of their deceased pet chinchilla weren’t displayed more prominently? Yeah–that would be great.
2. Pop Culture Pastor. Someone needs to tell the senior pastor that nobody says “What’s crack-a-lackin?” anymore and that adding “-izzle” to the end of words never was acceptable for old white guys. Additionally, the person in this role would be responsible for making sure references to movies and television shows aren’t too out-dated. Some things should not be used as sermon illustrations, no matter how funny Hee Haw used to be.
3. Pastor of Janitorial Services. Let’s face it, becoming a Christian does not mean that a person’s bathroom habits become any less disgusting. And it is getting harder and harder to find people willing to serve by picking up after ungrateful slobs. But there might be more takers if the title was more appealing. Of course, whoever takes this title would the risk of being called “the pastor of poo.” But it would be worth it.
4. Sports Fanatic Pastor. There are pastors that are specifically for other groups, so why not one for people who are only able to understand Bible teaching if it sounds like something on ESPN. “David was able to defeat Goliath because he gave 110%, didn’t leave anything on the field, and slung that stone like there was no tomorrow. He simply would not be denied. The stone went flying and–BOO-YAH–nailed Goliath right between the eyes. It was a real Cinderella story, baby!”
5. Pastor of Thermostat Control. One church that I pastored had two separate thermostats. One controlled the temperature for one side of the church building and the other one did the same for the other side of the church building. After one Sunday morning service, I checked the two thermostats and discovered that one was set to “cool” at 65 degrees and the other was set to “heat” at 80 degrees. This explains why we almost had a thunderstorm develop in the middle of the sanctuary.
I know, I know. These titles may be too outlandish. But there is a chance that they aren’t outlandish enough. Either way, I am certain that the number of pastoral titles will continue to grow and that some of these will one day be used in a church near you.
And when it happens remember that you heard it here first. Fo’ shizzle.
(What are some other pastoral titles we can expect to see in the future? Share away!)