Pastor: Congratulations. You are unnecessary.

 “As pastors, we are unnecessary to what our congregations insist that we must do and be: as the experts who help them stay ahead of the competition. Congregations want pastors who will lead them in the world of religious competition and provide a safe alternative to the world’s ways… They want a pastor they can follow so they won’t have to bother with following Jesus anymore…

Don’t forget: everything we do depends upon God, so we are unnecessary. God nevertheless uses us, so let us each and together rediscover our call.”   

–Eugene Peterson (The Unnecessary Pastor)