- Religion and Philosophy
Who's Preaching At Me?
1 Timothy 3:1-2; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 2:25
One who oversees the actions of others; in this case referring to the authority given in Scripture to the spiritual oversight of a local church by pastors.
While clearly defining a major duty of the pastor, I do not use this title of a pastor simply due to the confusion of the word in our day with some extra-biblical office of one overseeing other overseers.
1 Peter 5:2
A shepherd, literally, or one who looks to the needs of his "sheep" or parishioners. Highlights his concern for their spiritual well-being.
Perhaps the best title when referring to the office as it reminds both the pastor and the parishioner of the duties implied in the office.
1 Timothy 5:19; Titus 1:6; 1 Peter 5:1; 2 John 1:1; 3 John 1:1
Simply denotes one who is advanced in knowledge and years: i.e. the man who has advanced in the graces and gifts to the point of being set apart for a spiritual office.
An excellent way to attribute authority and respect to a called servant of God.
Romans 10:14; 1 Timothy 2:7; 2 Timothy 1:11; 2 Peter 2:5
Refers to one of the key duties of the office, and the one most notable to those outside the membership of the church.
While legitimate, it has become a term of derision in some circles, indicating but one of the many aspects of the pastorate. Not recommended in our day.
One who is to be revered for his office.
I have never cared for this title, not because a minister deserves no honor, but because of the extreme elevation that it intimates (to revere being more honor than is perhaps legitimate).