I minister at a seminary that trains the majority of our guys for local church ministry. One of the blogs I follow referred to Dan Burrell’s blog. Burrell offers ten insights for congregations to understand their pastor (Part 1 and Part 2). These are insights from one who was once a pastor himself. Not only should a congregant read these carefully but future pastors would benefit as well. Having spent 27 years in one pastorate, I can add my hearty “amen” to Burrell’s observations.
PS Also notice the need Dan raises under his first observation for pastoral internships: “Much of the experience and expertise in those areas needs to be learned and earned over time. That fact has lead me to a personal conclusion that we should discuss pastoral internships more seriously in seminaries and church leadership circles.”
That is exactly what we do at my seminary.