Admiration II: ‘Vicar of Large Things’

“I was vicar of large things
in a small parish.”
Andy, who pastors in a little Minnesota burg of 300 people, reads that poem every week. He likes it, he says, “because it speaks against the desire for great things in a great place.”

Admiration I: Humility

Pastoring, as we all know too well, can sometimes be a brutal business. Paul warned us, and Jesus, of course. For most of us ministry has been deeply gratifying but occasionally it can kick the stuffing out of a person. It’s a hard-found humility, and some pastors only come out resentful or arrogant, but I admire those who’ve lost some of their bravado, who got small without getting bitter.