I got this from the Michigan District newsletter. thinking of Harbor Beach and their welcoming attitude I thought this might say a lot to people who wonder, "What is Pastor Schultz all about?"
FROM The MI District: On more than one occasion, someone in the community has asked me what I do for a living. Here is how the conversation invariably goes: "What do you do for living?” “I am a pastor.” “Oh, so you’re like a youth pastor or something?” To which I respond: “No, I am just a youthful pastor.”
When visiting parishioners at the hospital I typically go to the information desk to verify that I have the correct room number. The receptionists are perpetually shocked that a person of my age could be a pastor. One of them even told me: “Wow! You are way too young to be a pastor. You’re just a boy!”
I was performing a wedding at a congregation in the midst of a prolonged vacancy. At the rehearsal, the mother of the bride pulled me aside and said, and I quote, “I am glad that we have a young pastor doing the wedding and not some moldy, old pastor.”
Since my ordination, I have heard the following statement about a dozen times: “We just love the youthful excitement of a young pastor.”
These stories coalesce around a common theme: The pastoral office has been confused. Some assume that a pastor must be old in order to be effective. Others assume that a pastor must be young in order to be relevant. And some want their pastor to be an impossible amalgamation of young and old at the exact same time.