I find myself torn between two or three ideas about what it means to be a pastor.
John Wesley — the saver of souls and spreader of Scriptural holiness as a thing that spreads from person to person.
Adam Hamilton — the architect of a congregation as a system and organization.
Eugene Peterson — resident theologian and contemplative poet.
Of course, there are other ways to conceptualize the pastor. These are just the three that most readily spring to my mind.
These all overlap in some ways, but each one has its own center of gravity. The United Methodist Church is not clear about what it sees as the pastor’s identity. I am still sorting through this.