Mormons do not have ordained clergy, as such, but lay people step into that role in local congregations and church hierarchies. Mitt Romney shepherded his local flock and was over the other Mormon congregations in the Boston area, serving as “bishop” and “stake president.”
The Washington Post has an interesting and surprisingly sympathetic account of when Romney was, in effect, a pastor. He comes across as being staunchly orthodox (in the Mormon sense) while also “pastoral,” helping some of his people get around some of the church’s regulations and trying to help the poor. At the same time, the piece gives us an inside view of the Mormon religion that is rather unsettling from a Christian perspective.
Christian pastors, how much of what this article describes resonates with what you have to do? What are the differences in how you exercise your office and what Romney did?