I love this quote by Craig Groeschel:
Most people will see you as a pastor first. I want people to see me as a follower of Jesus who happens to be a pastor. (In my mind, the difference is big!)
Me too! When people call me "Pastor" I have mixed feelings. It's not that I think it's a bad word but I do struggle with this.
I appreciate that they want to honor me as a pastor/elder (which is biblical) but I also cringe because it kind of sounds like I'm in a different class of people (I'm really not).
Jesus discouraged the disciples from allowing people to call them Rabbis. Seems to me we ought to just call each other by our names. That would be my preference anyway.