It’s extraordinarily interesting. Sometimes it’s the Executive Presbyter. Sometimes it’s a pastoral colleague. Sometimes it’s a spiritual director or an interfaith colleague or a friend from seminary. But everyone needs a pastor – someone we can call in times of crisis, spiritual drought, and life transitions.
This holds true for everyone. Everyone needs a spiritual caregiver.
One of my goals as a parish pastor was to ensure that every person had at least three persons to call. As the pastor, I would probably be one of them. But if I wasn’t available, it was important that everybody had at least two others who could tend to their spiritual needs.
This is also true on the Presbytery/Middle Judicatory level. My hope is that – if I’m not available to answer the questions, offer a reference, or explain a process to church people – there are at least two other knowledgeable people who can be called. This is what “equipping the saints” looks like.
May we all be on the call list.
Image from Ghostbusters. Word on the street is that the Ghostbusters III movie will feature female ghostbusters. I suggest Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, and Kristen Schaal.