The pastor’s prime directive 

to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, – Ephesians 4:12

This is why God gave the gifts of the pastorate: “to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”  This is, in a sense, the pastor’s mission statement.  And it can be easy to lose sight of it. 

The pastorate, in many circles of the church, has become more of a CEO role.  Their mission is the growth and sustainability of the church, as a business entity.  And that can either look like a CEO of a big business, with many working under him, or a CEO of a small business, where he is doing absolutely everything that needs to be done, all by himself.  

But the pastor is not an executive.  He is a shepherd.  His prime directive is to equip Christians like us for the work of the ministry.  

What we can do is help him.  Or them.  (Hopefully your church has a plurality of elders.)  We can help them to focus on doing what they are supposed to be doing, rather than what else we’ve come to expect them to do.  We can encourage them to return to this directive, and we can lighten their load by redistributing the tasks that have become more of a distraction to them.  Let them equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ.  

Lord, thank You for those under whose spiritual care You have put us, and help us to support them as we should.  

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