A chapter in the (auto)biography of theminister (pastor?) This article makes a further contribution (chapter) to the existing debate (book) aboutthe office, personality and spirituality of the pastor. Voices from literature, those ofvarious pastors (biographical) and that of the author (autobiographical) direct the processof Participatory Action Research and supply the text. From various stories itbecomes clear that the pastor is under pressure. Until now research was aimed onthe one hand at indicating why pastors are under pressure and on the other handhow the causes can be managed. The sub-text speaks for the approach in this articlewhen it is indicated that the acknowledgement of pain does not only give new meaningto the self, but to the pastoral duty as well. The development of the metaphor"wounded healer" and the associative networks it awakens, are important in the establishmentof these accents in a new life text. This perspective ought to be articulatedin the further development of metaphors for the description of the identity ofthe pastor.