1) Someone serving as a pastor should have his/her heart set on the position. – 1 Timothy 3:1
They must have a God given aspiration and passion to be a pastor. Sense of “call” from God. They need a sense of divine compulsion – “I must”. God gives an intensity and motive. This calling will be displayed through hard work and a grateful spirit.
2) He/she must meet the qualifications for the position. – 1 Timothy 3:2-7
The “fruit of the Spirit” should be evident in the walk and witness of a pastor. They are driven by the desire to NEVER bring reproach upon the name of their Lord. Their conduct flows out of their character.
3) He/she must serve as an overseer of the church like a shepherd oversees a flock of sheep. - Acts 20:28
As an overseer the pastor is responsible to:
a) Protect the flock and to guard the truth from perversion and error which would cause the people to fall away or drift into apostasy (gatekeeper of sound doctrine). - Acts 20:28-31 / Titus 1:9 / Hebrews 13:17
b) Feed the flock (an obvious reference to biblical preaching and teaching). - 1 Peter 5:1-2 (John 21:17)
c) Set an example to the flock. Sheep are followers. Pastors say, “Follow me as I follow Christ.”- 1 Peter 5:3
d) Direct, manage and guide the affairs of the flock (administration and organization). - 1 Timothy 3:4-5, 5:17
e) Equip the flock to do the work of the ministry.- Ephesians 4:11-12
f) Pray for a spiritual covering to be over the flock. - Acts 6:1-4 (Also, Paul’s many prayers for the churches of the New Testament) / James 5:14
I have challenged the congregation not to ask themselves:
What kind of pastor do we want? – Or – What kind of pastor do I need?
Rather ask: What kind of pastor do we need? This question can be expanded to ask:
This question can be expanded to ask:
What kind of pastor do we need to help us be the kind of church that can reach our kind of world?