Friday, August 29, 2008

How to Be a Perfect Pastor

This is an old Beliefnet Joke of the Day, and I'm sure parts of it will ring true for many of you. As the daughter of a pastor, a lot of these sure sound familiar to me!

How to Have a Perfect Pastor

A recent survey has compiled all the qualities that people expect from the perfect pastor:

Results of a computerized survey indicated that the perfect pastor preaches exactly 12 minutes.

He frequently condemns sin but never upsets anyone.

He works from 8 a.m. until midnight and is also a janitor.

He makes $60 a week, wears good clothes, buys good books, drives a good car, and gives about $80 a week to the poor.

He is 28 years of age, but he's been preaching for 30 years. He is wonderfully gentle and handsome.

He gives himself completely but never gets too close to anyone to avoid criticism.

He speaks boldly on social issues, but must never become politically involved.

He has a burning desire to work with teenagers, but he spends all his time with senior citizens.

He makes 15 daily calls to parish families, visits shut-ins and the hospitalized, spends all his time evangelizing the unchurched, and is always in his office when needed.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've heard this "joke" hundreds of times. I never thought it was funny. Now that I'm honorably retired, I don't need to be "a perfect pastor." As I said in my last annual report to presbytery, "I am throughly enjoying doing what I want to do when I want to do it." I could have added, "...and saying what I want to say whenever I want to say it."