Our Lord Jesus was a leader with
followers, even though He spoke of Himself as One who
serve rather than to be served (Mark 10:45). He called a
select group to Himself for training and preparation of
"make disciples" after His departure (Matt. 28:18-20).
Thus, Jesus selected and trained men to become leaders,
even though He defined leadership for His disciples in
contrast to the Gentile world (Mark 10:42-44). In the
early Christian mission, leaders were appointed to
oversee local churches (Acts 14:23; 20:17-38). Other
roles of responsibility are seen in Acts 6 and 15.
Christ is viewed as the "Head" of the church, to
whom He has given gifted individuals to lead and serve
the church with the goals of ministry, unity, and
maturity (Eph. 4:11-16; Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12-14).
1. Pastoral qualifications
1 Timothy 3:1-7. The list of sixteen
qualifications begins with the word "blameless"
2. A High Calling
be a pastor is more than fulfilling a job, it a high
calling. Think of it out of more than six billion people
on earth, you were called by the God of heaven and God
is using you to accomplish His purpose.
3. Great pastors
don't care who gets the credit as long as the job gets
A pastor who is always looking for
credit will soon be a solo performer. No team will
follow a truly selfish leader. The team may establish a
good work and perform well, but unless the members
respect their leader, it will not excel.
4. Great pastors are willing to put the mission
ahead of their personal agenda
mission, and objectives of the organization are
paramount, while the personality and personal
achievements of the leader are secondary.
5. Great pastors are
quick to forgive
Jesus modeled the greatest
leadership. Whether addressing the city that rejected
Him, the woman caught in adultery, or the thief on the
cross who finally acknowledged Him, the heart of the
great pastor was a heart of compassion and mercy. Little
people hold grudges: big people forgive and forget.
6. Great pastors are energized by the
achievements of others
Pastors must realize
that they themselves can never accomplish all they dream
of, others also must carry out their vision.
7. Great pastors freely give to
those who deserve it most.
one of the great motivators, often more than promotions
and pay raises.
8. When a pastor leaves a
church, he should do so with love and grace,
not with hatred and bitterness, no matter what the
circumstances of his leaving. But what if
you are being forced out? Remember the words of
Jesus, "He came to His own, and His own people did not
receive Him" (John 1:11). If people rejected Him, why
should we be surprised if they reject us?
Pastoral ministry is a calling and not a profession
A pastor should allow only one church at a time
to consider him as pastor. If he violates this rule, he
may find himself comparing one church with another
rather than seeking God's will regarding the move.
10. The call to preach is a call to prepare
If a man have the opportunity to go to seminary and does
not take it, he has put a limit on his ministry. Treat
education as an ethical obligation. A pastor works,
cries, prays, counsels, studies, preaches and strives
pastor must not be a hireling
must not be controlled by any one person or any one
group in the church. By protecting his own autonomy the
pastor also protects the autonomy of the church.
12. It is unethical to use the pulpit to attack
those who disagree with the way you are leading the
church, even if you do not use their names. The
pulpit is where the Bible should be preached and where
the people of God should be encouraged. It is not a
place where attacks are launched against others. One
rule on this is Bible truth has to be preached
regardless of who agree with you or not, in my
(Alexander Thomas) pastoral ministry once I was
preaching from John chapter 4, one confronted me that I
called her a "sinner". "This is true of us
all" was my answer.
13. Pastors need to
remember that they are called first to serve the Lord
and then serve the church. The first part has to do
primarily with the spiritual, and the second part
primarily with the practical. Pastorate is hard work,
and the pastor should work hard. Just like in life,
pastoral ministry has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Finishing is as important as beginning.
finish is often the way you will be remembered.
14. Pastor and his prayer life
In our public
life we are men of prayer. But what about in our private
lives? Are we men of prayer then? The public occasions
can be mere performance. The private times demonstrate
whether we are men of spiritual integrity. Prayer is an
acknowledgment that we are needy individuals. And it
reflects our genuine love and concern for our flock as
we labor in prayer for their spiritual good.
15. Admitting mistakes
At times we say
things that we learn later are incorrect. There are
times when our judgment is poor. At times our reactions
will be purely emotional and improper. Mistakes are part
of the human predicament. The point is, at times we are
going to be wrong, and we need to be humble enough to
admit it, make the correction, and move on. When we do,
Our members will usually be very forgiving and ready to
support us in our new direction. Members appreciate
leaders who will acknowledge their humanness and those
who are willing to ask to be forgiven.
16. Pastor and his pulpit
When people sleep
in church maybe it's the preacher we should wake up.
Something of the quality of enthusiasm must be in every
man who preaches. He who lacks it cannot be a preacher.
Some preachers ought to put more fire into their sermons
or more sermons into the fire.
Pastors, be fair with your congregation
We must encourage and help our members have the
time it takes to properly raise their families. Let's
not overload them with guilt if they cannot take on
another project. Rather, we should encourage them to
make and keep their families their number one priority.
18. "I'll Pray for You" Do Not Promise It
Unless You Mean It
Pastors get so many
requests to pray for people that it is very easy to
promise to do so and then forget what we have promised.
And that is wrong. Our yes must be yes, and our no must
be no. We must be men of the Word, men of prayer, and
men of our word. If we have told someone we will pray
for his or her requests, we must do so.
19. Fear of the Congregation
Our eyes should
never be on the size of our church, the success of our
programs, our budget, our salaries, but on speaking the
truth of our Lord. Our concern must be the repentance,
salvation, and spiritual growth of our hearers. To fear
men is to hold God's Word up for contempt, to fear God
is to speak His message truthfully and faithfully.
Though the truth may sometimes hurt, it must always be
told in love.
20. Standing alone, and
sometimes we may be very alone
In our day,
pastors must at times stand boldly on crucial issues,
and doing so may isolate us. It is not popular to speak
out strongly on issues such as abortion, homosexuality,
church discipline, mixed marriages of believers with
unbelievers, false teachers, false miracles, or the
total inspiration and reliability of the Word of God.
When we do, it can be very lonely. But we
must constantly remember whom we are to please. Christ
is our Master. The church is His. He gave His truth to
His body. He died for her. We cannot for a moment change
His Word, alter His plans for His church, or allow
practices in His church that He condemns. We may find
ourselves alone with respect to others, but if we are
faithful to Christ we are never alone. His approval, His
blessing must be our goal.
"Those who faithfully
expose themselves for God are sure to be taken under His
special protection, and shall be hidden from the rage of
men, either under heaven or in heaven." The martyrs for
Christ are hidden "in heaven" from the rage of men on
earth (Matthew Henry).