Acknowledging our Human Condition
The Vulnerable Pastor:
How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry
The current issue of our print magazine, mailed earlier this week, features an interview that John Pattison did with Mandy Smith. John’s interview was longer than we could use and several questions were trimmed in the editing process. However, this conversation was too good to waste, so we are sharing these extra questions here.
PATTISON: How do you think vulnerability as you describe it in this book should be cultivated in our church communities?
SMITH: For us, it started with me being able to go there. Somebody has to be the first one to break out of the mold. There are all these reasons why that is scary. I hope my book can be a kind of companion along the journey, so that whoever goes first can say to their community, “This is going to be worth it.” Then, not only do they give freedom to other people, by being courageous, they themselves learn not to be ashamed, if the community is kind enough not to reject them for it.
Confession and testimony are a big part of this. They have fallen out of practice in a lot of traditions. But in my experience, that is where all this began and where it began to filter down to more and more folks.