In Today’s World, What Are the Responsibilities of a Pastor?

Many Christians consider that the pastor should be a proprietor and administrator for the church. They fail to comprehend that God did not give every pastor the divine gift of administration. It is common for churches to seek a pastor who is an excellent administrator for the church, a great people person, and a great preacher, as well as an effective counselor. But eight to ten hours a week for sermon preparation and preaching or teaching is not sufficient.

Today, most books on church leadership and growth argue that if pastors carry on doing what pastors have done for so many years, they will slump. Greg Ogden in Unfinished Business, puts forward that the pastor should be a visionary leader who persistently casts the vision, builds other leaders, and changes the structure and culture of the church, while doing all of this with an eye for mission, growth and evangelism. Nevertheless insightful, fresh, and useful, both these notions are weak spiritually. The old ideal of a servant caregiver does not lend itself to development, but builds a culture of people dependent upon the pastor, a role absolutely erratic with the biblical philosophies of the priesthood of all believers. It also inspires people to focus on their needs and thus obstructs the growth of the kingdom of God.

TB Joshua is the General Overseer of SCOAN (The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations). According to him, the Founder is Jesus Christ, He is just one of those persons who has deferentially submitted to the will of God. As he says, primary and foremost, one needs to deepen the relationship with the Father through prayer that results in a warm and intimate relationship with Him. Only then will one be able to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God and build frontrunners to take care of the necessities of the people. Authentic leadership in the church is about servant leadership. Jesus came to serve and not to be served. He came to offer His life as sacrifice. He calls everyone to do the same

Born in June 12, 1963, TB Joshua, is a Nigerian televangelist and prophet. He is also the founder and leader of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), and a religious organization that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos, Nigeria.

The most significant responsibility of a pastor is to work hard at teaching and preaching. By his teaching and his sermons, he shows his love to the congregation and to God. The disciples did not have time for supervision and neither do pastors today. In fact, some of the monopolization of power with pastors would disappear if administrative duties were turned over to deacons and other elders.The priority of the pastors was the teaching of the scriptures – the Holy Bible. When the Bible is seriously taught verse-by-verse and book-by-book, Christians will be encouraged in the faith, be warned about sin, learn how to live the Christian life, and greatest of all discern the character of God.

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