Offices of the Holy Spirit 5
The Pastor

by Pastor John Hamel


“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, PASTORS and teachers;” (Ephesians 4:11)


We will look at the office of the Pastor in this study.  


There are women Apostles, Prophetesses, Evangelists and Teachers in the New Testament but there are no women Pastors.   Without a doubt, this is because a man is to be the head of his family. (1Corinthians 11:3)  A man would be in an unscriptural, awkward position indeed seeking counsel from a woman Pastor alone for himself or his family. 


However, a husband and a wife working closely together as Pastors would be a different story.  There is a delicate balance even there, but a wise, anointed and sensitive couple can achieve it. 


It is not that women are inept at handling God’s Word.  They are not.  Any anointed woman can handle the Word of God with the same excellence as an anointed man.  This is why they are allowed to stand in the other four Ministry offices independently.  


However, God does have a certain order of family government that He requires His family to stick with tenaciously if they are to see supernatural results in life and Ministry. 


Our opening text is the only place in the New Testament where the word “Pastor” is actually used.  However, the same Greek word is translated as “Shepherd” at least sixteen additional times.  


In the Old Testament the equivalent Hebrew word is found seventy-one times.  


In both the Old Testament and the New Testament even God and Jesus are referred to as “Shepherds.” (Psalm 23:1; 80:1; Ezekiel 34:1-23; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25)


Almighty God dearly loves His family and has not left them without leadership, protection or provision.  This is why He has appointed Pastors or “Under-Shepherds” who answer directly to Jesus.  Jesus is the chief Shepherd of all Under-Shepherds.


“And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” (1 Peter 5:4)


Pastors have a very important role under Jesus, indeed.  This office is so important to both God and man that Jesus Himself actually has ten Shepherd titles! (Genesis 49:24; Psalm 23:1; 80:1; Ezekiel 34:23; Zechariah 13:7; John 10:2,11,14; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 5:4)


The Pastor’s office is so vitally important to the Body of Christ.  Teaching should be the primary focus of every Pastor’s Ministry.  The Pastor who neglects study and prayer will not go far with the things of God.  Neither will his congregation.  The Apostle Paul told young Pastor Timothy to study so that all would see God’s stamp of approval upon him. (2Timothy 2:15)  Pastors who refuse to do so will incur a far stricter judgment than the layperson that makes the same mistake. (James 3:1)


True Pastors possess a supernatural ability to teach, preach, govern, organize and lead the flock so smoothly that it appears to be effortless.  This is not to say that local congregations will not have their share of problems.  The local Church is not a museum where perfect saints are put on display.  It is a hospital where the sick come to be made whole.  A true Pastor will roll up his sleeves and by prayer, self-discipline and example turn a bunch of ragamuffin baby Believers into a mature battalion of soldiers for Christ!  However, this cannot be accomplished in a congregation that thinks it has the right to tell the Pastor what to do.  This brings us to our next point.


Elders, Deacons and congregations are under the Pastor, not vice versa.  In the New Testament when the Church was still new, Elders, or older men, were appointed until Pastors could be trained and equipped.  We are not faced with these circumstances today.  So it is wrong to appoint Elders to “oversee” the Pastor.  That was a temporary, fledgling form of Church government intended only to get the Church on its feet.  Today, Elders and Deacons are to free the Pastor up for study, prayer, teaching, preaching and Ministry by taking care of the material and physical needs of the congregation. (Acts 6:1-6)


The Pastor is the Bishop/Overseer of the congregation.  The Pastor does not fall on his face before the Elders, Deacons and congregation and say, “Tell me your will and I’ll tell the Lord.”  The Pastor falls on his face before the Lord and says, “Tell me Your will and I’ll see that they all perform it, Sir!”


“The Pastor who follows his sheep ends up with doo-doo on his feet.”  This is a very profound statement, indeed, from the lips of my former Pastor, Dr. Lester Sumrall.  Pastors are to lead with authority, not follow with timidity.  The Pastor also unashamedly feeds the Church God’s Holy Word, not book reports based on current events. (Acts 20:28)  Also, any Teacher in the local Church is to serve under the Pastor’s authority.


The Pastor’s office is a holy and supernatural office. (1 Timothy 3:1-16)  It is one of the most important jobs in the entire world.  Pastors are not to refer their congregations to psychiatrists or psychologists.  Pastors should operate in the Revelation Gifts to set their people free.  These are the Word of Knowledge, the Word of Wisdom and the Discerning of Spirits


The Church is not a referral agency.  Pastors are authorized agents of the Lord Jesus Christ.  When they step out by faith on the Holy Spirit’s leading, to set individuals free, He’ll make them look good every time!


Congregations should take excellent care of their Pastor.  By doing so, God will take care of them.  It is shameful when a Pastor has to work a job just to pay his bills when his congregation is large enough to support him materially.  Although the Pastor is not to be a “hireling,” he must be free.  Free to pray, seek God, study and to be available to his people at all times. (1Corinthians 9:1-14; 1Timothy 5:17,18)


All of the Five-fold Ministry offices must live clean, dignified lives well above reproach.  However, the Pastor must be particularly zealous here.  The Pastor is like the Daddy of a family.  Whatever he allows into his own life is going to come into his house.  Whatever comes into his house is going to get into his family. 


The Pastor who involves himself immorally is going to have problems with rampant immorality within his congregation.  The same is true with alcohol, lying, wrath, unforgiveness, etc.  The congregation is hooked in spiritually to the Pastor’s intravenous needle.  Whatever the Pastor opens himself up to trickles down into his people.  This is why the Pastor must live a life above reproach.  The devil knows he doesn’t have to obey anyone who is obeying him.


Everyone – Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers and laypersons, is required to submit to a Pastor.  This is God’s order of government.  The Pastor is the head of the local Church and everyone is to be a part of a local Church somewhere. (Ephesians 4:11-14) 


I am not saying that every local Church should have an Apostle, a Prophet, an Evangelist and a Teacher.  That is not true.  What I am saying is that everyone, even the other Ministry offices, should have a Pastor.  There are no exceptions to this.  The most effective Five-fold Ministers in the Earth have Pastors whom they can call upon.


It is also my personal opinion that every Pastor should submit to the Prophet’s Ministry, as well.  Not that the Prophet should have the right to come and take control of the Pastor’s Church.  That would be wrong.  The Pastor is the only Under-Shepherd of his Church.  However, the Pastor should have a Prophet/Teacher to whom he listens and from whom he receives.  This is because the New Testament Church is still being established upon the offices of the Apostle and Prophet. (Ephesians 2:19-22; 3:5)  Prophets bring revelation right out of the Scriptures supernaturally.  The Pastor/Teacher’s job is to pick up on it, develop it and impart it to the local congregation.


Everyone will ultimately give account for how they treated their Pastors. (Romans 14:10; 2Corinthians 5:10)  A Pastor simply cannot do his job properly when the majority of his people are running around from Church to Church doing their own selfish thing.  Dig in and support your Pastor when it is easy and when it is hard. 


I said it in this article previously, but I am going to say it again in closing. 


God personally takes care of individuals who take care of their Pastors.  The congregation should always be looking for what the Pastor and his family need.  Meet their natural needs and God will meet your needs supernaturally.  A wise congregation will pay for their Pastor to attend special meetings throughout the year, over and above his vacation.  Pastors need refreshing, too, you know.  A really wise congregation will buy the Pastor and his wife a new suit of clothes to go to those special meetings. 


Would you like to get in really tight with God?  Take good care of your Pastor.  I am not talking about kissing up to him either.  That will just get you in trouble.  I am talking about honoring him and esteeming him highly.


True Under-Shepherds have a supernatural love for their sheep, as well. (John 10:11)  They are sheep leaders not cattle herders!


Be Blessed … John and Barbara Hamel



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