What is a Pastor’s Role?

 I was going through some old files and came across this list from a a few years ago.  I don’t remember where I obtained it or who the original author was but I do remember editing it to fit my congregation and my beliefs as to the role of a Pastor in a church. If anyone recognizes this as in part, being the work of another author, I  would appreciate knowing who that author is and I also apologize to them.

  I think it is important for both clergy and laity to define their roles in God’s church so all of us can minister to the world in an effective spirit filled way. I do feel it is the role of ministers to empower and equip congregations to do God’s work just as Jesus equipped his disciple.  Too often congregations do not see the pastor as someone who will guide the church toward spiritual discipleship, but as the “designated hitter” that will minister God’s word in their stead. I realize this sounds a bit cynical but if other ministers feel this way we have only ourselves to blame.

 With no clearly defined objective a church cannot determine the roles of laity and clergy. And if those roles are not defines by what God’s purpose is, then a church cannot be an effective tool for growth, reformation and transformation in the world. In effect it becomes a relic of the past instead of a viable force for the future. So please read and let me know what you think. I welcome any and all discussion on the role of clergy and laity in God’s church.

Role of the clergy  in a church

  • To prepare his congregation to be disciples of Christ

  • (Matthew 28:16-20, Matthew 16:24, Mark 16: 15-16, Luke 17:7-10, John 21:15-19)

  •  Clergy achieves this goal by the following:

  • Helping members make Christ a priority in their lives

  • Making them aware of God’s grace offered through Christ

  • Inviting members to participate in Christian fellowship, not just social fellowship

  • Helping them receive God’s Grace through Christ

  • Encouraging them to develop a personal relationship with God through Christ

    • Teaching and encouraging growth through learning

    • Administering the Sacraments in a meaningful and spirit filled way

    • Encouraging Christian behavior which reinforces their relationship with Christ and draws disciples to Christ.