I am increasingly convinced that a great pastor is a great listener. They are someone who is slow to speak and quick to hear. Pastoring requires wisdom in understanding that its Ok not to have any answers.
A great pastor understands the brokenness of humanity and instead of asking; “How could you or they have done such a thing!” They remain quiet, understanding that the real question about sin is, How can people not do what they do.
A great pastor understands brokenness. They understand that all sin is equal, while also understanding that not all sin has the same consequences. And because of this understanding, a great pastor is someone who knows their position in Christ and that Christ was comfortable in the presence of real sinners. And because Christ is comfortable in the presence of sinners they themselves likewise find themselves comfortable in the presence of sinners.
And its only because one is comfortable in the presence of sinners that one is able to truly put aside their own agenda’s and truly listen to what is being said and encourage the person to truly say it as it is.