The Pastoral Ministry
Everybody wants to be a prophet or an apostle these days, and yes, they have their place, but there is a breed of leaders out there that the Church desperately yearns for.
It is the leader with the pastoral heart that will nurture the church to maturity. People need somebody who will walk through the trenches with them, who will lead them beside the quiet waters and be there when nobody else will.
The most outstanding quality of the pastor? His supernatural love for the flock. He dies daily for his sheep.He is the one person who will love you anyway, even when you know you are full of sin and do not deserve it.
Yet, be cautioned! We do not call this fivefold minister the lion and the lamb, for no reason. The pastor is no “door mat.” He may be full of nurture and acceptance, but he yields the rod better than most. He will use the rod if need be and he can use it quite well!
This kind of vessel takes training and equipping, just like the other fivefold ministries. It is not a natural leadership ability that can be imparted, it takes pressure and molding from the hand of God to make a pastor.
If you are a pastor, then there is a strong desire in you to reach out and mature the flock. You want to heal the broken-hearted and you have a protective instinct to shield the flock from the foxes and wolves. Your instinct is to shepherd and protect.
If you suspect this calling, I want to get you excited about it because it IS exciting. What you may not know is that pastoral training is one of the most transforming trainings you can go through.
It is because the pastor is a jack-of-all-trades kind of leader and expected to be a spiritual leader as well as a leader in the natural. That means your training involves being stretched to your maximum capability – all the way to your breaking point. You will come out of this training a more capable leader, both naturally and spiritually. By the end of your training, you will not recognize yourself!
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