The other day I had a delightful call with a young leader who brought up the topic of how a Pastor’s role appears to have terribly wandered today. I did a little digging on what others are saying…
“Most books on church growth and leadership today argue that if pastors continue to do what pastors have done for so many years, they will fail.”
Too many churches today operate with leadership models started in world models and adapted to the church. This is dangerous. Why?
These business models allow people to put pastors on pedestals.
These models puts the needs of the church first and forget outside the church.
The goal becomes building the church’s own kingdom rather than the kingdom of God. (Megachurch mania.) It’s the…, ‘If we build it, they will come’ mentality. And yet, we are called to go…
But, pride leads to destruction…
Proverbs 18:12 (CEV)
12 Pride leads to destruction;
humility leads to honor.
And, selfish ambitions destroys a church…
James 3:16 (GW)
Wherever there is jealousy and rivalry, there is disorder and every kind of evil.
Instead, the role of the pastor should be based on a biblical model…
So, what does the Bible actually call a Pastor to do?
1. Pray first.
“Jesus lived a life of prayer. He started every day in communion with the heavenly Father. He ended every day in close relationship with His Father. At times, He even spent the whole night in communion with His Father. Jesus actually was in touch with His heavenly Father all the time.”
2. Do life out of a deep abiding relationship with Jesus.
“Over and over, the Scriptures show us that Jesus placed the highest priority of His life on spending time alone with the Father. His life reveals an intense passion for the presence of God. His heart longed and hungered to touch the heart of God.”
3. Preach the Word that is living and active, for heart transformation!
“We must study the Bible, not for curiosity, but for a new heart.”
4. Be in relationship with others. Do life with people. Don’t just lead meetings.
“Christ’s method builds relationships and meets needs.” Jesus didn’t die and rise again for us to be in meetings.
5. Then teach others how to do the same. (Emphasis on relationships.)
When Jesus began His public ministry, He called and empowered people to be His disciples— who would champion His world changing cause. As Robert Coleman says in The Master Plan of Evangelism, “His concern was not with programs to reach the multitudes, but with men whom the multitudes would follow. . . . People were to be His method of winning the world to God.”
6. And live a life of sacrifice.
Time, resources, and life unto death… willing to get in the muck. I recall this list…
“God calls us to live the life Jesus lived. Pastoral ministry is not about us, but about Him—about knowing and serving Him.”
Read the full excellent article here: The Biblical Role of the Pastor
Related: Epidemic: Another Pastor Burned Out and Quit Last Sunday