The pastor's job description cannot be written by a church committee, denominational council, the Chamber of Commerce, or the U.S. Congress. His job description has already been written. It is contained within the pages of Holy Scripture. Pastors are some of the most criticized and denigrated people on the planet! They constantly find themselves at the butt end of jokes and sarcasm from unbelievers and are even castigated and harangued by people within the church.
Many times church members do not want to hear the Word of God, they want the Pastor to cater to the wealthy contributors, to wiggle around controversy, and grovel before government bureaucrats, and insist that the Pastor never be confrontational. How difficult and heartwrenching this must be for someone who's sole purpose in the pulpit is to deliver the word of God. How horrid it must be for their families to live behind glass walls and worry that every word, every action, may be misconstrued by those who feel so unimportant that they must use their tongues to destroy the bringer of God's Word.
I hurt today because one of the most God loving families I know is being pushed to the brink of their faith by such church members. I hope they can feel my prayers and the prayers of all their loving friends, now and always.