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The gift of Pastor is also an office of authority within the Church. A Pastor is gifted by God to develop long-term relationships with a group of Christ Followers, and assumes responsibility for their spiritual development and personal nurture. A Pastor guides, instructs, encourages, exhorts and at times disciplines members of the assembly of Christ Followers. Ephesians 4:11 and 12 make it clear that the Pastor is particularly called of God to equip lay people to utilize their spiritual gifts in personal ministry. When the gift of Pastor is publicly recognized, and a person with this gift is elevated into the office of pastor, the “pastor” is also considered by the Bible to be an “Overseer” or “Elder” of the local congregation. 1 Peter 5:1-11 and 1Timothy 3:1-7 provide instructions regarding the selection, qualifications and operations of an Elder/Overseer.
A person with the gift of Pastor will express that gift differently based upon their God-given personality. You may find that you prefer one or more of the following expressions of the pastoral gift. Please select all that may apply to your personal life and ministry:
Most personality types that God generally calls into pastoral roles are people-people and so are typically weak strategic planners and system administrators. However, there exists a category of people who God does grant the gift of “Pastor”, and yet while they do care for people, they are called to focus their service upon the systems and structures of the ministry. They possess strong administrative and planning abilities, and so are able to help other pastoral-types be less reactive in their ministry. The Administrative Pastor’s ability to proactively plan and create ministry systems will enable other pastoral ministry types to be more effective. These same qualities are essential in establishing a broad-based lay-ministry within the Church. Administrative Pastors will seek to empower others and delegate responsibility. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.
The Discipleship Pastor is concerned about the Spiritual Formation of the people within their lives. They value working with people at every stage of spiritual development from Seeker to Leader. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.
An Evangelistic Pastor generally has the gift of Evangelism as well as Pastor. The Evangelism Pastor is passionate about ministry to spiritual Seekers. Typically, the “Pastoral” aspect of their gifts and personality cause them to prefer relational verses programmed approaches to the work of Evangelism. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.
Pastoral care often involves nurturing and caring for the weak within the body. Typically, Nurturing Pastors prefer a one-on-one ministry. Visiting the sick, shut-ins, caring for a small group, or comforting those who suffer are all classic functions of a Nurturing Pastor. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.
Teaching Pastors prefer to study the Word of God and expound it for others within the body. 2 Timothy 4:2 and 3 instruct Timothy, a Teaching Pastor, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine….”1 Corinthians 4:6b instructs Pastoral Teachers: “Do not go beyond what is written”. James 3:1 states a warning to those who would presume to be a teacher within the Church: “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly”. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.
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