William H. Willimon on meeting needs

“the gospel is not simply about meeting people’s needs. the gospel is also a critique of our needs, an attempt to give us needs worth having. the Bible appears to have little interest in so many of the needs and desires that consume present-day North Americans. therefore, pastoral care will be about much more than meeting people’s needs.  it will also be about indoctrination, inculturation, which is also—from the peculiar viewpoint of the gospel—care. our care must form people into the sort of people who have had their needs rearranged in the light of Christ.”

~william h. willimon, pastor: the theology and practice of ordained ministry