Someone said recently that it seemed to him that many shepherds (pastors) were negligent in caring for the sheep of their church. They seemed to be sleeping or at best sleepy at the switch!
What about you as a pastor? To properly shepherd, you need to know your sheep, to visit them, to feed them, to care for them, to love them. A shepherd is sleepless, more concerned for his flock than a good night’s sleep.
An excellent verse for a pastor (an under shepherd of Christ) is 1 Peter 2:21, “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps…” (nasb)
If it is difficult for your people to reach you and you are not friendly, then you need to change. Your people need you.
A pastor of a large church wrote a book about being friendly and “crossing the room” to meet others, and yet he is known for not knowing his own staff. Yes, he is successful, but is he a shepherd? Are you?