Monday, December 6, 2010
Pastoral Job Description
Unfortunately, some of the job descriptions that I have seen are nothing more than positions for business executives rather than Shepherds who have been appointed by the Holy Spirit. I thought I would take today and share with you what I think my job description as a Shepherd of God's people.
Thirty-two years ago I was probably "fooled by the job description." As I learn more and more today of the duties as an under-shepherd by God I am first, no longer fooled, and second, I wouldn't trade my job for the presidency of the United States.
My duties as a Shepherd:
... is to help people know and feel the seriousness of sin. (Romans 7:20)
... is to help people to know how to fight and kill indwelling sin. (Romans 8:13) This includes the nature of sin, how sin works, and how to put sin to death.
... is to help people feel the urgency of daily supplies of grace due to the fact that grace decays. The means of grace are given so that the riches of Christ may daily be obtained with fresh supplies of grace.
... is to help believers in the sanctification process in order to battle and overcome sin.
... is to help people watch and pray against temptation so that by the Holy Spirit they would be able to mortify the deeds of the body.
... is to stir people to a honest self-examination and an ever growing appreciation of Gods' glory.
... is to labor to help people know much and to know much in a biblical manner
... is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry
... is to reclaim wandering sheep
... is to establish a God-honoring vision for the body
... is to assist those who need help in their daily walk with God
... is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the glory of God and the joy of all people
... is to teach, facilitate, and provide an atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to develop spiritual attitudes in God's people which motivates them to a proper balance in their Christian experience and/or walk
... is to protect them for seducing spirits and strategies
... is to care for their spiritual and physical needs
... is to confront the flock when necessary
... is to model, facilitate, and provide an atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to develop a passion and anguish for God
... is to guard the body
... to shepherd the body
... to teach the body
... to admonish the body
... to ensure that all things are done decently and in order
... to teach God's people how to master evil and bring good out of it
... to model and teach that hope in Christ is the only hope for deliverance from sin
... to assist believers in learning how to effectively pray
... to assist believers in learning to effectively study and read their bible
and oh yes, to preach the word, in season and out of of season!
Posted by Gregg Metcalf at 3:00 AM