The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
(1 Timothy 3:1-7 ESV)
With the above scripture in mind, and certainly after reading Eric's post, I think I could sit comfortably in Eric's church, worshipping and growing to my full potential spiritually. I hope Eric's words will help you to see the stark contrast between some of the pastoring styles/abuses we have recently discussed and what a healthy pastor looks can look like. Eric's words are refreshing and give me hope that there are pastors who have a heart for their church family.
I would like to encourage my readers to read the blog post on Eric's blog here. It really does "look" better there, but in case you are one who doesn't like chasing links, the entire post is here for your convenience (thank you, Eric, for granting permission). Either way, please do read it. I would also highly recommend adding Eric's blog, A Different Perspective, to your reader. You will not be disappointed. ~ja