This question should be asked by a pastor every week . . . so when I asked myself this question today, I realized that I am often not approachable.
I recognize there are a number of things I need to change to be a better pastor in this area. Here are my top 5:
1. Talk less, listen more
2. When I listen, I need to listen more thoroughly, trying to understand a person, not give them advice. Then I must hold the stories of these people with utmost honesty and confidence.
3. I need to more vocal and honest about my many shortcomings.
4. I need to give people my time . . . this will require moving slower in the day and intentionally not over-scheduling, which ultimately pulls me to tasks instead of people.
5. I need to take time to be in solitude and silence each day with God so that I don't carry around so many anxieties of my own.
Here's an encouraging word from Ken Sande on the importance and necessity of being approachable in ministry: http://www.peacemaker.net/site/pp.aspx?c=aqKFLTOBIpH&b=5069819&printmode=1