The Office of
Itís time for the Church to return to the biblical governmental
that Christ himself laid out for the body of Christ, for the
perfecting of the saints.
Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,
evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the
saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of
God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of
In the scripture above we see all
five of the five fold ministry offices listed in order of their rank of
When we say "pastor," we tend to think of the visible leader who runs a church, preachers 2 or 3 a week, and counsels people in need. But we need to change our concept of what a pastor is.
The gift of pastor is an anointing from God -- a gift that transforms the recipient's heart and allows the Holy Spirit to break certain bondages. We must focus on these aspects. The heart of a pastor is to care for and shepherd people. Trus pastors hurt when their people have difficulties, and rejoices when their people and joyfully walking with God. The eyes and thoughts of pastors are continually on their flocks. The lives of pastors become intimately involved with their congregations.
The gift that pastor possess is nothing less than the heart of God to shepherd His people.
The anointing of pastors allows the Holy Spirit to flow through them in a way that causes people to be supernaturally drawn together. The pastoral anointing breaks bondages off people--bondages that cause them to be independent, isolated, and insecure.
The Holy Spirit-guided words that come out of the hearts and mouths of pastors make their listeners able to relax, come together, and feel secure in the Body of Christ. It is common to hear a true pastor say things like, "I'm glade you're here," "How's your family?", "Is there anything I can do for you?," and other disarming phrases that express personal concern. Pasotrs are God's channels through whom God shelters His people and shows His intimate love.
Pastors are shepherds, anointed to gather God's flock out of the world.
In many churches, several congregational members have an anointing to pastor, but that anointing may be for a ministry to specific group within the church. A person with a heart for children may be a children's pastor; to that person, the children will be supernaturally drawn.
A person whose heart and ministry are directed toward the elderly, and serves as a pastor to them under the senior minister. Some youth workers are simply leaders or teachers, but other youth pastors. Pastoral anointings may be on several people in one congregation.
No denomination, board, or individual can give anyone the gift of pastoring. Human beings can recognize, but cannot produce, God's gifts. A pastor is not someone with a seminary education or a denominational certificate. A pastor is a Christian leader who has a certain anointing: the gift of God's heart to shepherd people and to draw them together out of the world and into the Body of Christ. The gift comes only from God.
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