Expressions of Faith: Pastoral leader

Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

“I will give you pastors according to mine Heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding,” Jeremiah 3:15.

Can we fully understand the work of a pastor leader? Is every pastor leader appointed by God to serve this generation?

“And God has appointed these in the church: first apostle, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?” 1 Corinthians 12:28-30. “And God Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry, and the edifying of the body of Christ,” Ephesians 4:11-13.

In a unique way, everyone who follows Christ is a disciple and part of the apostolic (leadership) community. Pastors are the sent ones of the Lord. Pastors are in Christ and partakers of His anointing. They are to go into the world and change the world for the glory of God and furtherance of His Kingdom. “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God,” 2 Corinthians 1:21.

The anointing is upon us, and we are to be a people who will follow great leaders and fulfill God’s will. It is sheep that begat sheep, but it is pastors who see after the flock. The New Testament richly describes the remarkable lives and activities of a pastor-led-church that enables the believer to draw near to God and operate in His power. Let’s look at the remarkable accomplishments of a pastor that is given to the church by God.

1) Relational

One of the most amazing qualities of a pastor/leader in the church is having people of one accord. Despite their varying racial, economic, and cultural differences, they remain virtually anonymous in everything they do for the ministry. They do not allow their differences to divide them, which is a harmony that can not be achieved by selfish people. Only those who have good leadership enter relationship with others and build generations that will increase growth and unity in the church.

2) Vibrant

The church radiates an enthusiastic happiness and passion for what God is doing in its midst. The people are glad, and full of vibrant joy as they receive the word, live and eat together and preach the good news.

When God’s Spirit comes upon His people, the fruit of joy is evident. As the Spirit is poured out upon us in these last days, we must become vibrant in all that we do for Him.

3) Unselfish

Consider the ability of the church to take care of the needy. We must have the attitude of kindness for the community and one another. What constitutes an unselfish people?

It’s about the willingness to share what is yours with those who lack, free from the selfishness that keeps you focused on yourself. A virtue of love to do what is needed to exemplify Christ in the Earth is needed.

4) Positive

“They were praising God, and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved,” Acts 2:47. When the church remains positive, God will grant unto her an overflow of abundance. People will run to be a part of a positive move of God where there is praise and joyful optimism (confidence).

5) Anointed

When there is good pastoral leadership, the church is full of the dynamic life of the Holy Spirit. The believers are to depend upon their spiritual leader to be filled with God’s Spirit and teach others how to do the same. Spiritual visitation will come to a people that truly understand and experience a great move of God through the Holy Spirit that will rest upon the house and have all to flow as one. With this Spirit there is boldness, progress, and the favor of God.

When the people gather together in ministry under the leadership of the Lord’s pastor leader, the Holy Spirit of God will speak and change this present generation. The very power that raised Jesus from the dead is still available in pastors today. Making it possible for us to use our abilities and gifts for the glory of the Father and the furtherance of His Kingdom. What pastoral leadership are you under?

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