What is a pastor and what is his job?

I’m continually evaluating myself with this question. I suppose it’s possible that I take what I believe my calling in life is a bit too seriously, although I’m a very relaxed person and can be accused of being too loose and perhaps too free. Sort of a paradox, you could say.

However, when I read the text of Scripture, I find instruction on who and who should not be a pastor and what that pastor’s job is in relation to the group of people they are supposed to lead toward that group’s ultimate mission.

Notice that the pastor’s job is related to the group being led but also related to the group’s ultimate mission. In other words, the pastor’s job is multi-layered. The pastor must lead a group of people and their particular dynamic and culture within a particular culture and that group of people has an ultimate mission that is a given or at least should be a given.

That already feels overwhelming and I’m in need of evaluation.

The role of pastor must be moving a group of people with it’s own particular issues inside a larger population with it’s own issues that press in on the smaller group being led toward a specific mission.

The role is not particularly wide but it is very complex and requires some backbone and thick skin. So, what is a pastor? What is a pastor’s job?

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  1. Well Mich, it seems like that word means different things to different people. To a redneck it’s where you put the cows to feed ’em. To the Cathalics it’s who ya bring your childeren to for their first sexual experience. No just trying to get you off the seriousness. The pastor is more to lead the church and maintain morality inside the church to beable to use that morality outside the church. It’s more of a thing that if the pastor is immoral and the church uses him as a guideline to morality. Then the church will be lead to the wrong path.

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  2. pas•tor
    –noun
    1. a minister or priest in charge of a church.
    2. a person having spiritual care of a number of persons.

    Titus 1:4-9 To Titus, my own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. For this cause I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed you: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of rebellion or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, not violent, not given to dishonest gain; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good, sensible, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to refute the opposition.

    I believe a pastor should lead his flock toward Christ likeness. He should teach the older men and women and they teach the younger men and women who will become older men and women…. If this is done accordingly it will permeate Society.

    The job of a pastor: Titus 2:1-15 But you speak the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sensible, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becomes holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sensible, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise exhort to be sensible. In all things showing yourself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing incorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is an opponent may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not talking back; Not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live sensibly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a people for his own, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise you.

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