Pastoring is never done in a vacuum. It is done within the context of a ongoing narrative story. It’s important that the pastor understands themselves and to do this they must know their own story. There is a need to know who you are, what you are and why you are who you are.
They not only need to understand their story; they need to understand the story of those they engage with as well as the story of the community in which they live. It’s through having this understanding, that a pastor can start to build community with those they minister to and with; building upon the narrative story of the Gospel.
For its only through hearing and understanding another’s story that you can build true bridges with that person. It’s only through hearing the story and understanding the story of the community in which you live; that you can truly start to build true bridges with that community.
And the result of building true bridges is that the pastor, the individual and hence the community in which you minister and live will start to understand their place within the narrative story of the Gospel and what that truly means for all concerned.