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Is it someone who dresses in fine suits and walks tall in the pulpit? No, that is a fashion model; is it someone who speaks every Sunday and Wednesday to a set group of people about the word of God or related subjects? no that is a preacher; So, what is a Pastor? A pastor is not an evangelist, is not a public speaker, is not a church representative, is not the owner or administrator of a building where the congregation gathers, A pastor is not a minister who is versed in theology or who can speak fancy words, is not a charismatic individual who attracts great crowds, and most importantly, a Pastor is not God. So let us search the Dictionaries to see what they tell us what being a Pastor is! The Merriam Webster says a Pastor come from the old English word Pastour which means Herdsman, a word generated from the Latin pascere which translates to feed and from the word Pasture. In other words the English translation for pastor etymologically is someone who feeds the herd. Another modern etymology for pastor is a clergyman, or spiritual overseer. The word we use today for pastor is a translation for the word Shepherd, a word which means a person who guards, tends, feeds a group of sheep, it also means according to the dictionary, a person who protects, guides and watches over a person or a group of people. Do these word mean to tell me that a person who is the head of a church that gathers hundreds or thousands of people and who preaches to them occasionally is not a pastor? Are these words telling me that a person that administers and controls the affairs of a church is not a Pastor? Let us find out what the Bible tells us about this. The Old Testament registers the word Shepherd 173 times, and in all instances it refers to a person who feed the sheep, (Genesis 29:7) or feed others spiritually with God's word. (Jeremiah 3:15) "Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding" The New Testament mentions the word Shepherd 29 times, mostly referring to Jesus, or the word is used by Jesus; and in all instances it establishes equivalence between the Spiritual guidance and teaching, and the caring of people, with that of the work of a Shepherd in the field tending the sheep. (John 10:11-16) "I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his


sheep", (John 21:15-17) "feed my sheep", (Acts 20:28-29) "Be shepherds of the church of God". In other words, we have no instance of a pastor being other than a shepherd, a person who dedicates his life to tend to the church of Christ Jesus, a person who is willing to give his life for the congregation, a person who is dedicated to spiritually feeding those under his care, to nurture them to take them by the hand and prepare them for growth that they themselves will be at some point ready to become ministers of the word. A pastor is a leader who is in charge of personally looking after the needs, the spiritual needs of the congregation. How can it be a reality that a Person be in charge of a congregation of 500 people and look after their spiritual needs and tend to them and feed then and know them personally (john 10:14). How can a pastor know when a family is falling apart, when a husband has lost his job and cannot feed his family, when a member of the family is in distress over sin or life troubles, when He needs to take care of the administration and finances and organization of 2000 souls? How can a Pastor feed his sheep if He is busy choosing the latest style of preaching outfit, if he is occupied taking one preaching engagement after another outside of his church. How can a man call Himself a Pastor, or allow other to call him a pastor, when He does not even know his sheep by name, or when his sheep only see him once a month., how can a man tell others he is a pastor when He is not there when " the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it" (John 10:12). I believe there are functions that men of God choose to take that are a blessing to them and to the Kingdom of God, and I believe that God honors those who take upon themselves to follow God Commands in their calls, whichever this may be. Be it in missions, or preaching, or evangelizing, or having large congregations. All these engagements honor God and help expand the Kingdom, yet they ought to be done Biblically, and called what the Bible calls them. A congregation which gets too large to be handle by one Pastor, should be either divided into smaller churches, or assign group Pastors to handle their care. A church can have 20,000 members, that is perfectly fine, and even have a Sunday service where everyone is together if that is how the leaders want to handle it, but any congregation larger that 200 people should be divided and assigned a Pastor to each group, this way the sheep will have a shepherd they know and trust, a shepherd they can follow, who can guide them spiritually and feed them the word, someone they can have a relationship with, someone they can approach in times of need. A Pastor who has too many preaching engagements away from his home church, and who does not dedicate enough time to tend to his sheep should consider either reducing or eliminating altogether the engagements and focus on his flock or to assign a Pastor to look after the sheep so that he can continue with the call that God has set in his heart. A pastor whose concerns are bent on administration and finances and the worries of day to day operation of the church, should reconsider his position, go on his needs and plead to God for direction, because that is not the Job of a pastor, he should assign those tasks to a trusted member of the church if the church is small or to an elder experienced in the mater, or find an


outside person that specializes in doing this kind of work for a fee. The intended purpose of this words in no other but to bring conviction to those who are pastors in need to refocus their purpose and their calling; and guidance to those who need a pastor, so they can better understand the type of church they may want to be in and the type of shepherd they want to trust their spiritual growth to. "You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands". (Isaiah 55:12) May the Lord continue blessing us all! Amen

Jose A. Luna A Servant of Christ Jesus http://casadesalvacion.blogspot.com, http://www.casadesalvacion.com

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