Amma Theodora Said

What Amma Theodora (a woman highly respected by the Desert Fathers) said of teachers should, of course, be true also of pastors:
A [pastor] ought to be a stranger to the desire for domination, vain-glory, and pride; one should not be able to fool him by flattery, nor blind him by gifts, nor conquer him by the stomach, nor dominate him by anger; but he should be patient, gentle and humble as far as possible; he must be tested and without partisanship, full of concern, and a lover of souls.

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