Are Pastors Narcissistic... or Simply Lonely?

A while back, I attended a camp on the Central Coast of California with my Anthem high school crew. I must admit, this is why I do student ministry! I love camps. I love retreats. I love all-nighters. Quite simply, I love any event that gives me more than an hour with a kid. It's the bread and butter of why I do what I do.

During camp weeks, especially as I have become a more seasoned veteran in the camping world, I enjoy allowing a few hours during my week  to get out of the way of my students and let them be kids. This space frees them to meet others without a hovering leader, and it provides space for me to relax, read, and invest in the other camp staff.

Why I Do What I Do

A short while ago, I read a friend's blog titled the same, and I began thinking, "Why do I do what I do?" Why am I Pastor? Why do I choose to endure all of the ups and downs given in this line of work? Why do I opt for a low wage? I am not the smartest guy in the room, but I could earn a little more with my knowledge and abilities.

Likewise, people have asked me over the years why I have chosen to serve in this profession. It's an odd profession. I am seen as a Pastor, a supposed 'Shepherd,' 'Leader of Men,' 'Spiritual Guide.' Others think of Pastors as aloof, antiquated, and judgmental.