KEY SCRIPTURE: .Ephesians 4:8, 11 ” Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some,pastors and teachers.”
Pastors are indeed one of the commonest ministerial gifts that one may find around. Anytime a man or a woman completes bible school, he or she is called a Pastor. Are pastors made from the Bible schools? Is pastor a name or title given to young men and woman who have a zeal for God?
The challenge of getting the men and women as pastors’ act rightly to an appreciable degree is made probable when you have systems that has been put in place to monitor the activities of such people… In the event that a man or woman start gathering people with no external supervision, then the tendency for excesses becomes very great.
To be a pastor is a divine call.Those who appoint people into this office must allow the Holy Spirit to give them an insight into the condition of heart of the individuals they seek to appoint as pastors. Individuals who also decide to gather people for meetings must do so not based on any selfish motives. It is rather unfortunate to hear scandal after scandal about persons who call themselves pastors. The following lamentation from Apostle Paul depicts what I am talking about and the ultimate effect on the lives of such people. Philippians 3:18-19 ( For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ :
Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
The bible gives us standard qualifications that pastors must have..1 Timothy 3:1 “This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work”. This verse says. It is a good thing for a person to desire to be a pastor. Pastors,shepherd people using God’s word to instruct and help them grow in their faith to become matured Christians. It is a good thing for any man to desire to play the role of a pastor. The scripture gives us certain qualifications that pastors must have. (1st Timothy 3:2–7)
These qualifications are as follows:
2. Husband of One wife.
5. Of good behavior
6. Given to hospitality
7. Able to teach
8. Not given to wine.
9. Not a striker or a brawler.
10. Not greedy about money.
11. A patient man or woman.
12. Not a covetous character.
13. Able to rule his house well.
14. Not a novice.
15. Has a good report from those outside. (For an in depth study into this topic, please get my book titled: Biblical Qualifications of a Pastor)
Heavenly Father, I pray for all pastors especially the very young ones in ministry. May your grace strengthen them to play their roles as pastors more effectively and overcome the deceptions and schemes of the evil one.
Jeremiah 3:15 “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding”.John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep”.