:: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 ::
Alan Creech is conducting a survey of his readers on the area of church leadership. I have posted the following answers to his first two questions:
1. "Q-1 >> In light of some rethinking and redefinition you may have done on your present journey into the life of being the "church" - what is a pastor? what does a pastor do?"
A pastor: a person (yes, man or woman) who helps to guide people in their development in Christlikeness - a kind of spiritual path coordinator.
2. "Q-2 >> Taking into consideration your perhaps new understanding of what a "pastor" is and does - what qualifies one to be a pastor?"
I would suggest the following:
1. Spiritual Maturity (should we define/explain this?) Namely, a life of not just spiritual passion for a cause, or morality of life, but a deep and abiding lifestyle of obedience. This kind of obedience will naturally lead to some degree of doctrinal depth, since without depth in this area, obedience often can be misapplied. This kind of disciple intentionally lives in structures of life that enable the grace and love of God (i.e., the Holy Spirit) to flow in and through the particular person.
2. The call of God to work in a particular place at/for a particular time.
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