A. Compare the terms shepherd and pastor. – In the New Testament the bible says, and he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers (KJV Ephesians 4:11). The word pastor used here in Greek is ποιμήν, or poimēn meaning shepherd, is to tend as a shepherd or as a supervisor; to rule. The truth is, the word pastor(s) is used only one time in the New Testament with the word being translated to mean shepherd. In today’s society we use the word pastor in many different ways to describe the leaders of the church. The word shepherd is the more appropriate translation for the word. The word shepherd is used at least thirteen times in the King James New Testament. B. Contrast in house calls and personal visits. - When looking at the work of the pastor, visitation plays a role in part of the pastoral ministry. Depending totally on your definition of personal visits, they could be just that… to stop by for a chat or some personal matter on the pastor’s part. This does not mean that the pastor cannot be encouraging, uplifting at the same time. The house call is more than a personal visit, it is planned and it has a set goal with ministry involved. Getting to know the people in the congregation and the various needs they may have in life is necessary. House calls are a way for the pastors to know how to minister to his congregation more effectively. There is always a variety of needs in every person’s life, and most people welcome the prayers of a truly concerned pastor. C. Describe your personal plan for visitation. - One thing for sure this course has opened my eyes to how visitation should be done. Not that I haven’t done visitation, but having a systematic schedule for visitation the way it’s described in the IST something I’ve never done. Visiting new families, visiting the sick and making hospital visits are done on an as needed basis. This is something that I have found is actually difficult to do in today’s society. People are so very busy, and are pulled in every direction for time. It is usually during times of sickness, or tragedy that people slow down long enough to visit. D. Explain to what extent should the pastor should be involved in counseling. - The IST makes a very true statement about the pastoral ministry and counseling, they go hand in hand one with another. There is not a pastor on the planet that does not deal with people. There will always be a need for individuals to be able to speak with their pastors. Pastors must make time in their schedules and be approachable for such times, it may be just to lend an ear by listening. Sometimes as pastors there will be a need to counsel individuals with more difficult problems. E. Distinguish the different types of counseling. - There are different types of counseling, individual counseling with the directive approach. The directive approach is usually done on a one to one basis for problems to overwhelming for the individual. The pastor usually gives them advice and gives them direction. Individual counseling with the nondirective approach more is needed than for the pastor to give just advice. The pastor guides the individual to find answers for themselves in this approach. Then there is Group counseling where there is more than one individual. There will be at least two people, or maybe several members in a group who have the same problem. Essay 2
A. Explain the mission of the church. - God has given His church a mission in this world. Zig Ziglar says, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” The church must know its purpose for existence, so that is does not get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. One thing for sure is the churches mission has to be founded on the Word of God. Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the...
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