Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Pastor need only ONE ability

According to Paul in 1 Timothy 3, at least. I met with one of my old students I used to lead, who was considering coming to College in order to be a pastor. We sat down in a cafe and read 1 Timothy 3 together. The most interesting thing is, that in the whole list of things Paul gives as essential for being an overseer, "being able to teach" is the only required skill. Everything else is about maintaining godly character.

So my advice to this young upstart? Get to know Christ more and get all the experience you can in teaching the bible.

Is that too reductionistic?

11 comments:

reuben// said...

perhaps? these are related to teaching but fill the picture out a bit i think:

able to refute error (titus 1:10ff) and shepherd the flock entrusted to you willingly (1 pet 5 - which includes but seems to go beyond teaching).

geoffc said...

They do fill out the picture, and yes, I am being reductionistic. I should add it's not the only advice I gave to my friend, I just find it fascinating that in 1 Timothy 3 that's the only skill.

1 Peter 5 is a great example. If we have pastors who are able to teach but don't care for their flock...

But then again, what is shepherding the flock? What does Peter have in mind here? How would you determine it?

reuben// said...

from the context i think care is most of it, like you said. also service, setting an example and willingess to suffer like peter had seen the chief shepherd suffer would fit.

how to determine it? have to watch a potential pastor's life a guess. See whether god has gifted them in such ways...

reuben// said...

I'm sure you gave him great pastoral (shepherdly?) advice it's one of your gifts mate!

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