Which of these best describes who a pastor is?
- A life coach
- A gifted therapist
- An inspirational mentor
- A deep teacher
Only one is the correct answer #TrickQuestion. Type your selection in the comment box.
Who is a pastor? Let’s start with that.
Simply put, a pastor is anyone who is to you what Jesus was to his disciples.
Jesus did not just know his disciples by name. He knew their family members by name; knew their troubles; was involved in their private lives and took on their matters personally. He did not only teach them, but he also fed them, healed them and saved them when in trouble.
In the light of this, may I ask you – who is your pastor? Is it possible that the person who has truly been pastoring you is different from the one leading your church?
The job of a pastor is huge. The roles they play are much and no one man can play that many roles for a crowd. Truth is that Jesus was not a Pastor to the multitude; he was a teacher to them. But to the 12 disciples whom he chose and called; he was their pastor. Why 12 though? Perhaps that’s the maximum any man could possibly pastor. If you wish to impact more people, then equip your 12 to become like you – pastoring their own 12.
Why do you need a Pastor?
Do you want to be fruitful and purpose-driven in life? Do you want to be able to stand confidently before God and say you lived a life pleasing to him? Then you need a pastor. A pastor does not only teach you but sticks around to ensure follow through. This system of accountability helps improve you.
You cannot achieve purpose in isolation. You need a family of like minds to grow – and a pastor provides an opportunity to meet such like minds. Man was made a herd, and you need to stick with a group to make any significant contribution. Your highest impact will not happen when you are alone. Life itself emphasizes this. You did not happen… you are a product of collaboration. This is a mutual relationship: Maturity cannot happen in remoteness; it happens in community. Interestingly though, community requires the maturity of the individuals that make it up to be successful.
One will chase a thousand, two will not chase (not two thousand but) ten thousand… that’s powerful!
The third reason you need a pastor is for your ministry. Now, don’t be quick to tune off on me. Believe it or not, you have a ministry.
Ministry is not what you have when you are a pastor. Your ministry is where you are – anything that God has given you the ability to do, so as to shape the culture and make impact on earth. We each have our own ministry.
When you have a pastor after God’s heart, you will be able to maximise your ministry. You will be able to use the gifts God has given you better. That is the benefit of having a pastor – helping you discover your ministry and grow in that service.
In summary, if you desire growth, family and influence, then you need a pastor.
Sadly though, some ‘pastors’ have stopped chasing God’s heart but have taken to chasing personal gratification. If you are a victim of any of these men. Don’t give up on God on their account. Don’t lose hold on your ministry. Thrive in spite your struggles. May God say of you, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’
There are several questions you might have. Let me list them here and create room for some people to share answers in the comment box.
- Do you have a pastor?
- How do you know that who you have is actually your pastor?
- What ‘pastors’ must you run away from? #Japa!
- How do you become a pastor to someone else?
- Who are you a pastor to?
- How do you ensure that you are playing this role in someone’s life?
- How do you know if you are mature or on the path?
- Can your pastor affect your place in eternal life?
- Can I correct my pastor?
- Can I have different pastors for a specific purposes e.g. deliverance, teaching, etc?
Still wondering what the answer to the pop quiz is? Let’s chat in the comment section then!