I am not talking about a magic trick or a carnival show. I'm talking about the decline and disappearance of "pastors" in our society and culture.
(Of course I am generally speaking and referring to people as a whole, knowing and realizing there are exceptions.)
People today, it seems, are comfortable having a "preacher" in there lives but not a "pastor". You may not realize, but there is a huge difference. A preacher, to me, is someone you go to hear speak. A pastor is one you submit to, ask counsel of, seek advice from, and look to for instruction.
A preacher is one you are cordial to, even show respect to, but seldom if ever ask guidance or instruction from. Basically, they are a church speaker. Maybe too many of us have church speakers in our lives instead of pastors.
Pastors are those, as the Bible describes, "watch for your souls" (Heb 13:17) and tell you what is right even if it hurts your feelings a little.
Pastors are vanishing because of lack of demand for them. Fewer and fewer people want a pastor. More and more are trading them in for preachers, just someone to go listen to once in awhile.
It's sad in multiple ways.