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Reader survey: The ideal minister is . . .

By Observer Staff

“Someone who challenges your thoughts, encourages diversity, has knowledge of the Bible and is charismatic.”
—Male (65-74), Alberta

“Who am I to judge? Perhaps someone with three arms, eight days in a week. Our minister keeps very busy and does her best. Her only fault is she can’t work 18 hours a day, seven days a week.”
—Female (50-64), Ontario

“They should dedicate a large portion of their time to visitation and much less to the business aspect of the church.”
—Female (50-64), Newfoundland and Labrador

“I believe we have the ideal one! Outgoing, informative, interesting and high energy.”
—Female (65-74), Saskatchewan

“They have one—me!”
—Male (35-49), Alberta

“Someone who is not afraid for their job. I would like to be inspired. Someone who does more to excite others about living a Christian life.”
—Female (50-64), Ontario

“Someone caring and genuine. Someone who could work with both the young and young at heart.”
—Female (35-49), Newfoundland and Labrador

“Our minister is the best minister I’ve ever met. The love of God shines through her and she has helped me so much with her loving and caring methods.”
—Female (65-74), British Columbia

“Young and capable of relating to all ages. Inclusive, think outside the box. They empower the congregation rather than dictate.”
—Female (35-49), Alberta

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