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A pastor that reaches the heart

From the May 1994 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A pastor often touches some of the most intimate questions and issues people face. The Journal recently had the opportunity to talk with of of and of All have been active practitioners and teachers of Christian Science for many years and are currently serving as members of The Christian Science Board of Lectureship. ...

Perhaps we should start at the beginning. What is the role of a pastor?

Michael B. Thorneloe: The original meaning of the word is "shepherd," according to Cruden's Concordance. People think of him or her as a minister or spiritual leader who "shepherds," or cares for, the spiritual needs of that community. Besides conducting regular church services, a pastor is often called upon for important occasions—for example, to attend to births (baptisms), marriages, and deaths.

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