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what does a pastor do?

Updated on February 12, 2013

Being a pastor is so much more than preaching

the ministry of a pastor

Romans 10:13-14 says, For whosoever shall, call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? The world’s need for the gospel is directly related to her need for more preachers. One must wonder why so few men are answering the call to be a preacher.

What is a pastor? In the World Book Dictionary a pastor is defined as a minister in charge of a church or congregation. The pastor has the duty of overseeing God’s flock. In Ephesians 4:11 the word pastor means shepherd. A pastor will oversee the flock in many ways. Preaching and teaching are the most obvious ways in which a pastor leads God’s people. Most pastors will preach anywhere from three to five times in a week. The pastor’s hardest task is not preaching, however. A pastor loves preaching, however, pastoring can be difficult at times.

A preacher must preach, but a pastor must preach and pastor his church. This requires that the pastor be available to his people at all times. He must be skilled in the area of counseling. Often this will require him to sacrifice his personal time to tend to the needs of others. There will be people in the church who will need his help often. Because of this a pastor must be a “People person” in general. His job will constantly introduce him to new people, and if he is not a friendly person his ministry will not be as effective as it could be.

what are the requirements to be a pastor?

A pastor’s job has certain requirements that his life must always abide by. The most important requirement for a pastor is that he lives above reproach. His life will be under constant scrutiny by his church, as well as the world. He and his family will constantly live in a “Fish bowl”.5 Their lives will be observed at all times. They will constantly be open to attack. People will always be watching him, waiting for him to stumble. He must also live above reproach to keep sin as far away from his life as possible. The Devil would love to see more preachers fall away from their ministry. “Devil means ‘Accuser’ because he accuses God’s people day and night before the throne of God.”6 Satan will try to deceive the pastor in to sinning. The pastor obviously will stumble and sin occasionally, but he should never live in sin. Sin can and will destroy any pastor’s ministry.

A pastor must also meet the strict requirements found in I Timothy. He cannot be a drunkard, a fighter, a covetous person, a fornicator, or a new convert. He must be a patient man, as well as a hospitable man. He must be apt to teach. He will especially need to keep his house under subjection. A pastor must have a heart for the lost. He must be a man known as a soul-winner.

Every job has certain responsibilities, and the pastor’s job is no different. A pastor has the responsibility to preach the Word. He will have to preach at funerals and weddings, as well as church. He will also need to make sure that his walk with the Lord is what it should be. If a pastor wants his church to grow, he himself must first grow. His prayer life will affect his preaching immensely; God will not use a man who does not seek to know Him and to know his will.

A church does not require a man of God to have a degree to preach in their pulpit. However, a pastor can never be too knowledgeable in his studies. One should always seek to do his best. Education will only further a man’s capabilities as a pastor. Here are many colleges and seminaries that offer courses in Pastoral theology. A pastor should seek to know as much about God’s Word as he can.

what advantages/disadvantages do pastors encounter?

There are many advantages as well as disadvantages to being a pastor. The most obvious disadvantage is time. A pastor will spend many more hours on the job than the average working man. Some weeks he may spend over one hundred hours working. This will make it difficult for his family as well as himself. The pastor will also occasionally have to endure ridicule and criticism. He has the responsibility of an entire church upon him. At times he may see his job as an impossible task. This is why so many have left the pulpit in years past.

The pastor’s job also has many advantages. The pastor will enjoy watching people grow in the Lord.9 His hours, though abundant, will be flexible if he so chooses.’° He can also involve his family in his job in many more ways than an average job.” Most importantly a pastor has the joy of knowing that everything that he does is for God’s glory.

Why does America find herself lacking in the area of pastors? Too many men have counted the cost and found the price to high to pay. America’s men are not willing to give up their time. Christians are not willing to sacrifice their lives for the cause of Christ. What is a pastor? A pastor is a man willing to give his whole life to God’s will.

Have you ever considered becoming a pastor?

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    • Knowledge>Power profile imageAUTHOR

      Knowledge>Power 

      5 years ago from USA

      And in one of your own hubs you mention that God called pastors. Weird. Either you were wrong then or now. Your choice.

    • celafoe profile image

      charlie 

      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      sorry i dont drink the kool aid, i just follow the scriptures .

    • Knowledge>Power profile imageAUTHOR

      Knowledge>Power 

      5 years ago from USA

      I read it, and my point remains, this hub describes the work of a pastor, shepherd, whatever you prefer to call them. Do some abuse the office of pastor? yes. Do some abuse office of bishop (NT term)? sure. However, that doesn't negate the work we are called to do. I am not afraid to be called a pastor. If you are afraid of that word, that's your issue. The term pastor also doesn't mean there is only one. I know many churches with multiple leaders, some with multiple pastors. Now focus on what you are called to do, not what you are called.

    • celafoe profile image

      charlie 

      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      no you are incorrect it is not a matter of semantics but of scriptural correctness. But then I guess you are correct , that is what a "pastor" does. What I was saying is that there is no such thing as what the churches call a pastor. There is NO clergy laity. Paul made it clear that the new testament is led by a plural (more than one) equal ministry. Undershepherds. There is only one Shepherd . Did you even read what i wrote? Oh well

    • Knowledge>Power profile imageAUTHOR

      Knowledge>Power 

      5 years ago from USA

      the word "Pastor" isn't in scripture, but as you mention the work is. Call it whatever you want; minister, pastor, deacon, etc. This is a role that someone must fill. Don't get caught up in semantics.

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      charlie 

      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      I am a minister of the Gospel and have never considered becoming a pastor because there is no such thing in the scriptures. Local church leaders are Elders-plural. Pastor is something that Elders do. It is not a title or a position. The only scriptural titles are brother and sister. There is no clergy/laity in Jesus' church. --see Revelation to see what God thinks of clergy/laity.

      All members of the church of Jesus Christ (saints) are equal, some have more responsibility and no one is above any other or has a title other than above. Any structure that is led by a pastor may be correct by your dictionary but certainly is not scriptural.

    • Knowledge>Power profile imageAUTHOR

      Knowledge>Power 

      5 years ago from USA

      thanks for the input

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      5 years ago from london

      There is a beautiful book by Alphonso Ligueri (check spelling) called 'Dignity And Duty of A priest' It may be worth a read.

      I commend you for trying. Very necessary indeed!!

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