Why Do Pastors Exist in the Church?


Pastors exist for the church and not the church for pastors.

Pastors exist in the church not especially because of their knowledge and skills but because of their godly qualifications.

Pastors exist not simply for their livelihood but to give up their lives for the welfare of the church.

Pastors exist not to point believers to themselves but to Christ, who is their Lord and Savior.

Pastors exist not as priests between God and believers but to build and encourage the priesthood of all believers.

Pastors exist not to be served by the church but to serve the church with humility.

Pastors exist not just to give exhortations to believers but also to set themselves as examples to the church.

Pastors exist not to use believers only to support their ministry but to equip the saints for ministry.

Pastors exist not essentially to lead services and programs but to make obedient disciples for Christ.

Pastors exist not to do one-man ministry but to motivate every-member ministry.

Pastors exist not with a focus to build material buildings but to stay focused on building the spiritual lives of believers.

Pastors exist not to preach according to the whims and wishes of people but according to the will and wisdom of God.

Pastors exist not to distort God's Word to prove their own viewpoint but to rightly divide the Word of God to preach God's mind.

Pastors exist not to subtly exercise their own authority but to honestly declare the authoritative Word of God.

Pastors exist not to build the church according to the culture of the world but according to the standards of God's Word.

Pastors exist not simply to increase the numbers of the church but to strive to present everyone mature in Christ.

Pastors exist not to gather people around them but to develop leaders around them to multiply.

Pastors exist not just to enjoy the love of the church but also to stir up love for one another among the believers.

Pastors exist not for the attention, honor, and applause of people but to suffer, agonize and persevere for the maturity of the church.

Pastors exist not to gain fans for themselves but to raise faithful followers of Christ.

Pastors exist not to control and lord over the sheep but to care for and lead God's flock.

Pastors exist not to function like CEOs and celebrities but like shepherds, servants, and spiritual fathers.

Pastors exist not to build their own kingdom but God's kingdom.

Pastors exist not to function as the head of the church but to let Christ exercise His headship over His church.

Pastors exist not to make themselves supreme but to make the name of the Lord Jesus supreme through their lives and ministry.

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C. Stephen David is a child of the Living God, a husband to Chaithanya, a father to two children, and an elder/shepherd of Ekklesia Evangelical Fellowship (www.eefchurch.org). He lives with his family in Hyderabad, India.

Enquiries:
mailekklesia@gmail.com

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