The taxi picked me up this morning about 7:45 for my ride to O’Hare and ultimately to the San Jose area for a CCN broadcast. When I jumped into the cab the driver immediately began with some small talk – which I don’t really mind. I almost always like meeting new people. But one of his first questions is a question with which I have a love/hate relationship. He asked, “What do you do?” I love it because it always gives me a chance to talk about spiritual things with new people; that’s good! I hate it because as soon as I say I’m a pastor they presume to know exactly what I do – he works once a week on Sunday and delivers a nice homily to a bunch of blue-haired old ladies sitting in pews. I really do need a new title!
So, he asks me, “what do you do?” I oblige by saying, “I’m a pastor”. But then the taxi driver says something I’ve never heard before. He asks, “what’s that?” I thought he didn’t understand me. But he did; he had never heard of this vocation called “pastor”. And now he wants to know what I really do! This was my chance. For the first time in my adult life I ran across someone who didn’t have false assumptions about what I do for a vocation. It was funny, I actually felt a little pressure to give a good answer because I have whined about this in the past and now I had my chance. I paused to gather my thoughts and said, “I help form communities of people who come together with the mission of helping people find their way back to God”. He thought it over and said, “Oh”. He seemed to be getting it. Then I added, “I’m really like a spiritual entrepreneur”. Then my cab driver nodded fully and said, “Now I get it”.
That’s what I do – I help form communities of people who come together with a mission of helping people find their way back to God. So, I think I’m gonna make an addendum to my title (besides nobody at CCC really cares that much about titles). My new title is going to be Lead Pastor / Spiritual Entrepreneur. That’s what I do!