Summary of Responsibilities
As a cowboy pastor, the applicant will do his best to become a part of the community in which he lives. He will get to know the area and culture and find ways to get involved in the community. The applicant’s primary responsibility is to his church and family, but it is expected that he be invigorated by integrating into the local community.
Becoming a part of the community plays a massive role in the pastor’s effectiveness in ministry. Becoming an active community member (rather than just someone who happens to live in that community) builds trust with both church members and unchurched community members. Farming and ranch communities often have a deep pride in their way of life. A pastor who understands that way of life will make quick strides in earning these people’s trust and respect.
Integrating into the farming/ranch community also helps the local pastor (and his family) quickly develop a deep love for the area and its people. When a pastor loves the culture he will be more willing to spend many work hours branding, harvesting or fixing fences. This is vital to shepherding and evangelism. The pastor’s ministry will be much more effective when people see that he understands their way of life and is willing to help them at the drop of a hat.
A cowboy pastor must also understand that he may be largely isolated. He may have no neighbors, and he may have to drive often and far to visit people from the church and community. The local grocery store may be 20 miles away and the nearest hospital two hours. Without a deep love for the place and people, a rural pastor may burnout. However, pastors willing to commit to a rural area often see God move in miraculous ways in their small community.
The ways in which a pastor gets involved will vary from town to town, but a few examples are listed below.
Examples of Rural Opportunities
- Branding and rounding up cattle
- Planting seed and harvesting
- Volunteering or participating at the local rodeo
- Having breakfast once a week at the local café
- Hunting or fishing with people from the area
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