Pastor As Carer (Curer) of Souls
PASTORS, I would argue, are wounded healers: in the commercial of healing persons in their midst; though they're, themselves, somewhat and in some ways very wounded naturally.
The Latin word cura means "care," but it can be shown to indicate "cure." According to Eugene Peterson in The Contemplative Pastor, the concern of souls is "Scripture-directed and prayer-shaped" - a determination to operate at the prime of the person; "to concentrate on the essential."
Concentrating on the essential is working hard on getting to the core; to strip away allegiances towards the superficial; to compel focus and a focus toward what is most shimmeringly truthful.
This is the pastor's job; to get past the task-nature of the relational task, to get away from the transactional 'tick list' mentality, and sharpen on the person - their wounded soul to worry - to teach and instil self-care.
The pastor, themselves, will be an exemplar of that that she or she is called to complete in others - to facilitate such self-care (self-cure) through integrity of private cooperation (their flesh in subjugation with the Spirit) and Spiritual obedience. This is not perfection, but it is maintenance; a degree of competence to augment health. So now, in a continual sense, there's freedom to care for (and cure) souls.
Passing the baton is a thing every pastor really wants to do. There are the ones that came before them; those who healed their very wounds. The pastor stands on not-so-rickety shoulders. And also the pastor wants others to provide God with passion, and even to answer their own calling: to pastor. But pastoring is not only about who came behind and who goes ahead. It's centrally about healing; about speaking the gospel of God's gracious power into people's lives.
They sense their opportunity, and it is not limited to the church; it's really a Kingdom role. Which means the whole of every day life is a series of opportunities for healing to be done, and not one moment is without that stunning and devoted purpose - we can see why pastoring is a 'called' life; few would like to surrender 24/7.