Tag: Pastoral Ministry

Pray for Your Pastor in Light of His Responsibilities, Part 4: Leading the Sheep

How to Pray for Your Pastor (Series): Your Pastor is a Desperate Man
How to Pray for Your Pastor (Series): Why Should You Pray for Your Pastor?
Praying for Your Pastor in Light of His Qualifications, Part 1: The Necessity of a Qualified Ministry
Praying For Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 2: A Holy Ambition and a Holy Life
Praying for Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 3: Self-Control, Family, and Money
Praying for Your Pastor According to his Qualifications, Part 4: Humility and Teaching
Pray for Your Pastor in Light of His Responsibilities, Part 1: The Pastor as Shepherd Leader
Pray for Your Pastor in Light of His Responsibilities, Part 2: Feeding the Sheep
Pray for Your Pastor in Light of His Responsibilities, Part 3: Protecting the Sheep

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A pastor is not only responsible to feed the sheep and protect the sheep, he is also charged with leading Christ’s sheep. Much of the pastor’s leadership will come through his preaching and teaching as he guides Christ’s people with Christ’s Word. But there are other specific areas in which the pastor must exercise leadership. He is, for example, called to set an example of godliness for the flock (1 Tim 4:12; 6:11; 2 Tim 3:10). Paul does not give pastoral qualifications to Timothy and Titus in order to exempt members of a congregation from pursuing such character qualities. Rather, God’s design for enabling his people to grow in Christlikeness is to put living examples before them, and a pastor, even imperfectly, is intended to serve as this example. Continue reading “Pray for Your Pastor in Light of His Responsibilities, Part 4: Leading the Sheep”

Pray for Your Pastor in Light of His Responsibilities, Part 3: Protecting the Sheep

How to Pray for Your Pastor (Series): Your Pastor is a Desperate Man
How to Pray for Your Pastor (Series): Why Should You Pray for Your Pastor?
Praying for Your Pastor in Light of His Qualifications, Part 1: The Necessity of a Qualified Ministry
Praying For Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 2: A Holy Ambition and a Holy Life
Praying for Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 3: Self-Control, Family, and Money
Praying for Your Pastor According to his Qualifications, Part 4: Humility and Teaching
Pray for Your Pastor in Light of His Responsibilities, Part 1: The Pastor as Shepherd Leader
Pray for Your Pastor in Light of His Responsibilities, Part 2: Feeding the Sheep
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Corresponding to their responsibility to feed God’s flock through the teaching of God’s Word is the pastor’s task of protecting God’s people from false teaching and false teachers. Multiple times throughout the pastoral epistles Paul’s command to teach the church is coupled with a charge to protect the church by correcting and rebuking false teachers. For example, in his letter to Titus, Paul includes competence in correcting unbiblical teaching among the list of an elder’s spiritual credentials. “[The overseer] must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it” (Titus 1:9; also 1:13). Continue reading “Pray for Your Pastor in Light of His Responsibilities, Part 3: Protecting the Sheep”

Pray for Your Pastor in Light of His Responsibilities, Part 2: Feeding the Sheep

How to Pray for Your Pastor (Series): Your Pastor is a Desperate Man
How to Pray for Your Pastor (Series): Why Should You Pray for Your Pastor?
Praying for Your Pastor in Light of His Qualifications, Part 1: The Necessity of a Qualified Ministry
Praying For Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 2: A Holy Ambition and a Holy Life
Praying for Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 3: Self-Control, Family, and Money
Praying for Your Pastor According to his Qualifications, Part 4: Humility and Teaching
Pray for Your Pastor in Light of His Responsibilities, Part 1: The Pastor as Shepherd Leader

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Sheep, like any living creature, need sustenance to maintain physical health. Although Christians have been born-again and have the Holy Spirit residing in them, they need food to maintain their spiritual health. The pastor is tasked with providing Christ’s sheep with healthy, accessible nourishment so that they might maintain their spiritual health and continue growing into maturity (Col 1:28-29; see also John 20:15-19). Continue reading “Pray for Your Pastor in Light of His Responsibilities, Part 2: Feeding the Sheep”

Pray for Your Pastor in Light of His Responsibilities, Part 1: The Pastor as Shepherd Leader

How to Pray for Your Pastor (Series): Your Pastor is a Desperate Man
How to Pray for Your Pastor (Series): Why Should You Pray for Your Pastor?
Praying for Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 1: The Necessity of a Qualified Ministry
Praying For Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 2: A Holy Ambition and a Holy Life
Praying for Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 3: Self-Control, Family, and Money
Praying for Your Pastor According to his Qualifications, Part 4: Humility and Teaching

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In the last few posts we learned how to pray for our pastor according to his qualifications. Because Scripture outlines the kind of character and skill an overseer must possess, I argued that we should pray for our pastor according to these biblical qualifications so that he might remain qualified for the vital work of shepherding God’s flock.

In these next few posts I will consider what Scripture teaches concerning the pastor’s roles and responsibilities so that we can pray in a way that aligns with God’s will. If we are mistaken about the kind of work to which Scripture calls pastors, our prayers may be counter-productive to what God is attempting to accomplish through their ministry. Continue reading “Pray for Your Pastor in Light of His Responsibilities, Part 1: The Pastor as Shepherd Leader”

Praying for Your Pastor According to his Qualifications, Part 4: Humility and Teaching

How to Pray for Your Pastor (Series): Your Pastor is a Desperate Man
How to Pray for Your Pastor (Series): Why Should You Pray for Your Pastor?
Praying for Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 1: The Necessity of a Qualified Ministry
Praying For Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 2: A Holy Ambition and a Holy Life
Praying for Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 3: Self-Control, Family Life, and Money

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In the previous post we considered the qualifications of pastoral self-control, a sound family life, and financial integrity. In this post we will discuss the vital pastoral qualifications of humility and a man’s ability to teach.

Qualification #7: Humility
It is no wonder that Paul would include humility in his list of qualifications for pastors (Titus 1:7). Spirit-wrought humility is a virtue apart from which no other grace can flourish. Paul knew well the truth conveyed by his apostolic colleague: “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). If a pastor nurtures a life of pride and arrogance, he will be forming a ministry to which God is directly opposed. Continue reading “Praying for Your Pastor According to his Qualifications, Part 4: Humility and Teaching”

Praying for Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 3: Self-Control, Family Life, and Money

How to Pray for Your Pastor (Series): Your Pastor is a Desperate Man
How to Pray for Your Pastor (Series): Why Should You Pray for Your Pastor?
Praying for Your Pastor in Light of His Qualifications, Part 1: The Necessity of a Qualified Ministry
Praying For Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 2: A Holy Ambition and a Holy Life

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Related to the last qualification is Paul’s requirement that the pastor exhibit self-control. The pastor is to be “sober-minded, self-controlled, [and] respectable” (1 Tim 3:2). While each of these words provide their own unique emphasis, all three carry the similar idea of self-control. The word translated here as “sober-minded” (nēphalios) can also be rendered “temperate” and can denote self-control in one’s drinking of wine. In the context, it refers to the pastor’s judgment. In his book, Biblical Eldership, Alexander Strauch comments, “Negatively, it indicates the absence of any personal disorder that would distort a person’s judgment or conduct. Positively, it describes a person who is stable, circumspect, self-restrained, and clear-headed.” Continue reading “Praying for Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 3: Self-Control, Family Life, and Money”

Praying For Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 2: A Holy Ambition and a Holy Life

How to Pray for Your Pastor (Series): Your Pastor is a Desperate Man
How to Pray for Your Pastor (Series): Why Should You Pray for Your Pastor?
Pray for Your Pastor in According to His Qualifications, Part 1: The Necessity of a Qualified Ministry

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What are the pastor’s qualifications? Fortunately, the Holy Spirit has given us a clear word on what character credentials a man must possess in order to assume the role of overseer. In straightforward, plain language, God, through the apostle Paul, provides all the instruction we need in the two passages of Scripture we’ve mentioned a few times in this chapter: 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. For the sake of concision, we will examine both passages simultaneously by grouping the qualifications in the appropriate categories. And we will begin where Paul begins: with the man’s desire for pastoral ministry. Continue reading “Praying For Your Pastor According to His Qualifications, Part 2: A Holy Ambition and a Holy Life”