The Pastor’s Relationship With His People
God has given and ordained men who are to oversee the Church. Ephesians 4:11 states, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;” We will be specifically looking at the pastor and his relationship with the people of his church. The pastor is a word that means “shepherd”. Literally a pastor is a shepherd. His job is too guard his sheep, love his sheep, protect his sheep, and cause his sheep to grow and maintain their health. He is to root out any sort of danger that may enter the flock. God has carefully chosen pastors whom he would deem worthy of protecting his people. The relationship between the pastor and his people is one of the greatest relationships in the whole world. This relationship will denote a sense of connection. This sense of connection will cause the people of a church to respect the leader God has given them. If the people and the pastor do not have a relationship the people will not heed what the pastor teaches them to do. God is not pleased when a pastor does not have a good relationship with his people. The same goes for when a person is dissatisfied with their pastor. Pastors have the tendency of drifting away from meeting their individual needs, and rather stepping back and focusing on the church as whole. This is dangerous as a pastor is to care for his people’s every day specific needs. Some pastors can be good administrators, some can be good speakers and take pride in their oratory skills, and others take pride in their effective promotion. These are all good assets which can assist a pastor greatly. However, the greatest office in which he should focus is in pastoring people. A church can tolerate average preaching and a lot of other things, but if they have a problem with the pastor it is a lost cause to try to persuade them. Pastors need to love their people. Paul is an excellent example in the Bible of how a minister is to love his people. When we think of Paul we can think of man, who while in jail still took the time to pen a letter to his people. Paul’s life was his people. Paul states his concern and love for his people in I Thessalonians 2:7-13 “ But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” Though Paul may be noted as being more a missionary, soul winner, and a church planter than a pastor, he is still seen doing many things that a pastor ought to be doing. When he started a new church he was the people’s pastor. The word “nurse” in this passage gives the idea of a mother with bond and love for her child. Paul was perhaps the greatest soul winner who ever lived yet still gentle, loving, and kind to the people whom he pastored. He set a great example for the modern pastor. Continuing, people wrote that he was “affectiously desirous” of his people. This would mean “to lovingly long for”. Absence is said to make the heart grow fonder. Though Paul’s missionary pastorate was short, it was characterized by love. Love is a strong force that...
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