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The Role Of The Pastor: The Relationship To One’s Own Congregation

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This chapter provides an attempt to describe the discourse, which is based on extended interviews with 20 male and two female pentecostal/charismatic migrant pastors from three continents who were asked to recount how they had become pastors, and how they defined and lived their pastoral role. This chapter looks at how pastors describe their own pastoral role, and find that the metaphors of shepherd and father are pervasive for the self-concept of the interviewees. The situation of pentecostal/charismatic migrant churches in Germany is not stable. The chapter has shown how being a pentecostal/charismatic migrant pastor means performing a constant balancing act. Migrant pentecostal/charismatic Christians are searching for a spiritually and organizationally powerful father figure to assist them in their marginalized and threatened situation, and pastors, in a competitive market, claim and struggle to fulfill this role.

Keywords: competitive market; pastoral role; pentecostal church



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