What a Pastor Should Be

From 1600 years ago:

“Consider, then, what kind of man he ought to be who is to hold out against such a tempest, and to manage skillfully such great hindrances to the common welfare; for he ought to be dignified yet free from arrogance, formidable yet kind, apt to command yet sociable, impartial yet courteous, humble yet not servile, strong yet gentle, in order that he may contend successfully against all these difficulties.”

Chrysostom, “On the Priesthood” in Philip Schaff, ed., Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1889, 1995), Vol. 9, pp. 33ff.

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