Pastoral Calling and the Local Church

Intro

The Christian ecclesias of the first century house of worship were administered by local leaders. Paul had the pattern of appointing parents in the churches (Acts 14: 23; 20: 17). Paul gave leadership responsibility to Timothy at Ephesus and Titus at Crete. Peter in speaking to elders of the parts of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia pushed them to be shepherds of God’s flock. In fact, he refers to himself as a fellow-elder and, therefore, a shepherd. He also refers to Christ as the Primary Shepherd (2 Pet. 5: 1-4). We see a pattern then in the first century church in which the administering of the neighborhood churches was done by elders whose function was to be similar to that of a shepherd Worldwide Anglican Communion .

The word ‘Pastor’ is employed once in the New Testament in Ephesians 4: 11. In Latina, the word is produced from the phrase Pastoral is and in French, Guía. Both words are converted ‘Shepherd’5. The word ‘Pastor’ is therefore imagery of shepherding which should define the elders of the local ecclesia.

‘Pastoral’ is an adjectival word which, in the context that it is being considered, bears the following signifying: “relating to the office and work of your ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) of religion. ” The meaning brings out obviously our consideration in this Chapter: We will take a look at Pastoral calling in relationship to its nature – that is, the office, as well as task – that is, the work.

The Nature of Pastoral Dialling

The office and work of the minister of religion or pastor or shepherd or elder, whatever title are often used to designate the office and work, are unique. Anyone could become a Pastor but not everyone is able to become a Pastor. Here, we could dealing with a specific office into which entrance is pre-conditioned by the influence of the work and a persons. There is a calling involved.

We regularly hear people say, from your church setting in Sierra Leone, “I i am called by God to ministry. ” A head of a church which was started with the last five years and whose church is growing rapidly in a quantitative manner describes his phoning by God as having occurred through a wish. Another leader went into an area in the West end of Freetown in 1993, took finished residence there and started to organize evangelistic outreaches. Within a year, this individual has won a few people to Christ and has started a chapel. This same leader was in league with another leader who runs his own private ministry (a church). By using a interview with him, it was found out that he could not pull together with the other leader so he broke away from him to set up his own independent ministry. When asked why this individual was wanting to establish a church in the new area into which this individual has moved he answered, “I was called by God. ” Selection no mention of the rift between him and the other leader which was the motivating factor for him to go off to start out his own ministry; neither did he make refer to of the conditions which caused him to have sought residence in that new area and experienced consequently decided to make there his base for evangelism. Rather, it was just the blanket affirmation, “I am called by God. “

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