THE HEART OF THE PASTOR
In Ephesians 4:11, when St Paul mentions some of the ministries that JESUS had given to his Church, he mentions the office of ‘PASTOR’ among them.
The single mention of this ministry, does not respond to other factor, except the granting of special gifts that constitutes some of the ministers, into Pastors, others into Evangelists, and others into Teachers, and so on. If all of these were merely functions, totally interchangeable between them, he would just have said that Lord Jesus constituted ‘ministers’, but he specifically singles out one from the other, by saying
‘Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?’
Every one of these functions has a separate number of gifts that constitutes their recipient, into what God wants them to be.
WHAT MAKES A MINISTER A ‘PASTOR’
A Minister becomes a Pastor, when in his heart he has a desire of serving the Christian community, and looking after the wellbeing, spiritual and material of his brethren (1Peter 5:1-4).
The man called to be a Pastor, has more than a passion for teaching knowledge or bringing the gospel to the unbelievers, he has a passion for the wellbeing and spiritual development of the Christian community where he belongs. He is inclined to provide assistance, advice and support to all men, women and children in his community and at larger levels.
ARE ELDERS AND PASTORS THE SAME?
A man called to be a Pastor, generally is also chosen to be an Elder, which is a Church office and not a ministry as such, because it is from there when a Pastor can bring to realization his full potential as a Servant of God and of his Church.
But a Pastor, as well as a Prophets or Teacher, are called directly by Lord JESUS, and need no human pre-approval or Ordination to receive their ministry.
Elders however, are the governing Church public office, that it is conformed by different ministries, and needs a proper ceremony of Ordination or Commissioning before taking formal charge. A Christian community must have at least 3 Elders to keep governmental balance (Acts 14:23).
The Church receives a testimony of the ministries, because without being self-proclaimed, every gifted man is so obvious, that the congregation will give testimony of who they are and what type of ministers they are, and among them, the love of the Pastor will shine through like a Diamond.
When Pastors are chosen to be Elders as well as any other Minister, working on a FT basis, it is responsibility of the Church to support them.
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