With the number of people in my community who have graduated from Bible College and Seminary, there are, for all I know, people who are capable of preaching a better sermon than the pastor.
There are probably a handful of people who are just as good, or better, than the pastor is at administration and organization.
I know for sure there are some saints in the crowd who have what even the pastor would admit is a deeper walk with God, shaped by experiences of life in The Spirit.
There might even be an elder or board member who excels at listening, at counseling or has a better bedside manner when it comes to hospital visits.
There may be many with a deeper prayer life.
A handful whose spiritual pilgrimage reflects a depth of experience in worship.
A good many who are more handy when something in the church needs fixing.
A measurable percentage who are better singers.
A few whose kids are better behaved, whose relationship with their spouse is more harmonious.
There might be a lot of people who can do individual things that the pastor does better, and possibly they know it, and probably he knows it, too.
It doesn’t matter.
It doesn’t matter at all.
The pastor is the one that is set apart. While others focus more on career and success, his focus is the life of the local church, what God is doing in the Church at large, and interpreting the world through the lens of pastoral vocation.
He doesn’t have to do it best, but he has been set apart to do it all.
Others can excel in various areas, but he has a unique calling and mark upon his life.
He is set apart.