Grateful to Serve
In Scripture, the term pastor is interchangeable with overseer, elder, and shepherd. The significance of this office emerges from God’s heart for his church. God has set the standard as the definitive shepherd, one who leads with truth and grace, justice and love. In God’s gracious provision of pastors, he extends his love and care to his people. Likewise, pastors are sheep under God’s care. They are called and gifted by God to lead and teach the church. In fact, the pastor’s primary responsibility is to faithfully and effectively teach God’s word to His people. Equally important, pastors must possess high moral character and live lives that commend the gospel and set an example for others. Such men are recognized and affirmed by the church. Through their example and teaching, pastors extend the Lord’s compassionate disposition towards his church.