5 Pastoral Leadership Disciplines

Jesus has designed the church to function a certain way. Even though He doesn’t need men to lead His church, He chooses to appoint godly men to do so.

On Sunday, we had the blessing of being able to appoint another pastor at Aletheia. What a celebration it was (Check out an instagram photo here). So much grace. So much Jesus. It was one of the more grace-filled moments that we’ve had in the history of this church (we’ve had some great moments but this ranks as probably the highest). I am grateful that God calls godly men to lead His church and I see the value and the need in it.

During our gathering together, I gave some quick thoughts on Acts 20:28 (Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.). To me, 5 very clear pastoral leadership disciplines come out of this verse.

1. A pastor knows himself (Pay careful attention to yourselves). This means that a pastor is acutely aware of his shortcomings and subsequently his desperate need for Jesus. What it comes down to is that a pastor must live out repentance. His life must be marked by it. He must lead out in repentance, meaning everyone knows that he operates this way and therefore can feel good about following him. Nobody wants to follow a guy who puts up a front.

2. A pastor knows the flock (and to all the flock). This means that he is acutely aware of their shortcomings and subsequently their desperate need for Jesus. Their repentance is his goal. He gets angry over their sin. He gets sad and cries over their sin. And he celebrates when there is victory over their sin.

3. A pastor’s ministry is empowered by the Holy Spirit (in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers). The Holy Spirit is responsible for calling, equipping, gifting, and empowering the man for pastoral ministry.

4, A pastor will spend himself for the flock (to care for the church of God). A shepherd will be thoroughly invested in the safety/protection/care of his flock. But not at the expense of his first church (his household).

5. A pastor ultimately trusts Jesus with the flock (which he obtained with his own blood). Since the pastor didn’t pay for the church with his own blood like Christ did, he doesn’t feel the burden of being her functional savior. He can work like an Arminian but sleep like a Calvinist, knowing that his sovereign God and Lord is in complete control of the outcome for the good of God’s people and for God’s glory.

 

 

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