As evangelists are messengers of God, Pastors are shepherds of flocks, as prophets have a spiritual ministry of prayer, prophecy and discernment, as teachers are mentors, and apostles are agents of the church on mission. But far too many individuals who are called pastors do not shepherd flocks – they are too every so often one of the other entitles of Ephesians 4:11. The pastoral response is simple: the ability to validate that position they are in, to ‘see’ someone where they are at, and to respond with care, in assisting healing. That is how one might anticipate a shepherd to act as he cares for his single sheep.
TB Joshua, the Supreme pastor of (SCOAN), The Synagogue Church of All Nations reveals that many do not know about his background and these people are confused and they keep asking the question about the source of his power. According to him, the source of his power is written by their fruits, and one shall know them. He also boasts about what God is doing in his life. It is by this kind of trial that oneidentifies the true preacher of God.
First and foremost, the pastor is a shepherd. But it does not mean that he or she is not also an administrator, or a teacher or an apologist. Indeed, Ephesians links the ability of pastor with teacher. Indeed, Paul may not be seen to be restrictive the roles – One may bear efficacious facets of all five – prophets (spokespeople of the church), apostles (delegates of the church), evangelists (messengers of the church), teachers of the church and pastors (shepherds of the church). The church requires all five types of leaders.
But the pastor if it is presumed that he or she is leader of the church is foremost a pastor, by direction, by gifting, by purpose – or they certify somebody else with pastoral gifting, and with related empowering, is solicited as support to them. The pastoral response is inwardly focused and driven, even in the backdrop of insights to an excessively internally dedicated church. Above all, the pastor is concerned for the one sheep. Their apprehension is not for the ninety-nine, if the ninety nine are opportunely grazing at pasture. The pastor goes out to search for the lost from their own fold. In this sense, the pastor is not an evangelist, although they are not prohibited from evangelism in the general sense. But their first priority is the safety, health, and welfare of those who are theirs not only by physical closeness, but by heavenly provision. The man of God, TB Joshua has been influential in helping the demoralized with their spiritual problems. Some of the help and support he renders includes setting up the needy economically.
The good pastor knows that when the fold is restless, there is no strength in the fold. Therefore, first and foremost, they guarantee peace within the fold that God has given them to care for. The pastor’s main job is to look for the hurt offender, in their charge and do all they can to resolve them to a change of heart. The allegory of the lost sheep is an idyllic parable, not so much an evangelistic parable.
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