BOOK: The Ministry Gifts
Chapter 2: The Five-Fold Ministry Gifts
- Pastor



Means "shepherd", one who tends, watches over, guides, feeds, and protects the flock.  Translated in new testament as:
  1. shepherd   (Heb 13:20, 1 Pet 2:25, 5:4)
  2. bishop       (1 Tim 3:1),
  3. overseer    (Acts 20:28),
  4. elder         (1 Tim 5:17).
  1. A pastor's main work is showing the love of the Cheif Shepherd, Jesus (John10:11, Heb 13:20, 1 Peter 2:25, 5:4) to the sheep.  A pastorial anointing is must evident on a one to one basis, as the love of Jesus pours forward, particularly with mercy, rather than being recognizable in teaching and preaching.
Jeremiah   3:15
And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
  1. Has oversight of a church, to watch over it as a protector, as a provider (feed), as a leader (guide), and to tend to needs (hurts, discipline):
Acts      20:28
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
1 Peter    5:1-2
The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
  1. Can preach, teach (1 Tim 3:2), counsel, love, and show mercy.  Usually does not travel, but stays with the sheep.  Without pastors, most sheep would go astray.
1 Tim      3:2
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
Most likely gifts active in this office:
Motivational:         mercy, exhortation, give, organization (rule).
Five Fold:             pastor, and maybe others.
Charismatic:          word of wisdom, word of knowledge, tongues, and
                            interpretation of tongues

  1. A pastor's heart is very tender toward the sheep, particularly the new born babes in God.  Let me explain it this way, if in the natural someone has this beautiful little baby in your church, and you just love to hold it and play with it.  But when the baby starts vomiting on you, or his diaper is full and stinky, its time to hand the baby back to mommy.  Well, a pastor's heart is like a mother's for her child.  He loves the baby, even when the baby gets up and says the most unscriptural thing in church, or has just come back in crying again over the same sin attack from Satan for the seventh time today.  The pastor loves him, and gently cleans him up, and puts him back out to play.
  2. A pastor, working with the Holy Spirit, will know when a member is in trouble.  This allows him to pray the person through, while maybe not even having seen or spoken to the person in the physical.
  3. A pastor will get a word of wisdom or word of knowledge when counseling to be able to answer the hard questions.
Take care of your pastor, particularly in the natural:
1Tim      5:17
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.