It is in the nature of pastoral work to walk into an alien world, put our feet on the pavement, and embrace the locale. Pastoral work is geographical as much as it is theological. Pastors don’t send memos, don’t send generic messages, don’t work from a distance: locale is part of it. It is in the nature of pastoral work to be on site, working things out in the particular soil of a particular parish.
-Eugene Peterson, Under the Unpredictable Plant, pp. 122-123