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The Conventional and Contemporary Roles of the Christian Pastor

in Spirituality / Religion by Andy Alagappan on 04/27/2016

What is the role of a Christian Pastor? Do we have a biblical job description for the same? From God‘s viewpoint “Every Pastor is an elder and every elder has a pastor‘s heart”. Let‘s understand this biblical view more clearly.
A Pastor (Elder) Job Roles as stated in the Bible and Gospels:
-Elders lead the church [1 Tim 5:17; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 5:1–2],
-Elders “Teach and preach the Word” [1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9]
-They Protect the church from false teachers [Acts 20:17, 28–31],
- They exhort and admonish the saints in sound doctrine [1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:13–17; Titus 1:9],
-They visit the sick and pray [James 5:14; Acts 6:4], judge doctrinal issues [Acts 15:6]. In biblical terminology, elders shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church”.
Conclusively, our elders and pastors are and were never two different offices. Pastor is another name of elder.
What Actually A Christian Pastor Does? Let‘s Clear The Misconception:
A Christian Pastor has following list of responsibilities:
• A Pastor Has The Responsibility To Oversight Of The Church:
A pastor is an on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.  

• A Pastor Has The Responsibility To Protect The Church From False Teaching:
Pastors have the God-given responsibility and authority to determine what is taught and preached and by whom, as well as his responsibility also include to forbid getting involved with false things, such as Bible studies conducted by the wrong kind of teachers, meetings in which unbiblical doctrines or practices are promoted, etc.
• A Pastor Rules Over the Church:
The word translated “rule” literally means “to stand before.” The idea is to lead or to attend to, with a special emphasis on being a diligent caretaker. A pastor key role also includes the responsibility to exercise church discipline and reprove those who err from the faith (Matthew 18:15–17; 1 Corinthians 5:11–13).
• A Pastor Guard the Doctrine of the Church:
The teachings of the apostles were to be committed to “faithful men” who would teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2). Preserving the integrity of the gospel is on the pastor‘s highest callings.
Understanding the Spiritual Characteristics of the Pastor's Authority:
• It Is A Ministering Authority--the authority of a shepherd: (Acts 20:28; 2 Cor. 13:10; 1 Pet. 5:2).
• It Is A Humble Authority--The Authority of A Steward (Mk. 10:42-45; 1 Cor. 3:9; 4:1; 12:7; Tit. 1:7; 1 Pet. 4:10; 5:3-5).
• It is a loving authority--the authority of a father (1 Thes. 2:7-11).
• It Is A Liberating Authority--The Authority To Build Up Not Hold Down.
The Essence:
The authority of a Christian pastor is for the purpose of building up and protecting God's people and work. It is not given to him so that he can please himself. The church does not exist to please and glorify pastors; it exists to please and glorify the Lord.


About The Author


Jerry Johnston is a distinguished Christian Pastor , who provides pastoral coaching that has the power to transfigure the souls listening to him. He has spiritual gifts of faith, leadership, evangelism, teachings and discernment.




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