5 Things to Look for in a Pastor

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October is Clergy Appreciation Month, a time when Christians are encouraged to express gratitude to their pastors, ministers and leaders.

But the subject gives rise to a question:

What makes a pastor a leader you can trust and follow and ultimately appreciate, not just every October but the other eleven months of the year?

 I’m sure we all have our “non-negotiable” characteristics. I’ve come up with a list of five things (based on Scriptures found in Titus and 1 Timothy 3) that I think Christians may want to look for in a pastor. I feel very blessed to know that the pastors I’ve had the privilege of sitting under through the years all possessed these qualities.

1. Boldly teaches God’s Word

Being a capable public speaker is important, but even more than that, a good pastor is concerned about teaching his congregation solid doctrine. He teaches “all Scripture” – that is, he doesn’t skip over the tough or unpopular verses in the Bible. His commitment to truth is evident.

2. Serves people

Loving and taking care of people – both saved and unsaved – is a hallmark of a good pastor. The pastor reaches out to the lost, and tends to his flock within the church. This concern is evident in his hospitality towards others and his work as a peacemaker.

3. Leads with both strength and humility

Every pastor regularly faces challenges in his role. It’s important in those times that he leads with strength, wisdom and conviction. He must also exemplify humility, just as Jesus did.

4. Upright in his own life 

A pastor’s ability to lead starts with himself – he has to be a man of personal integrity, “above reproach.” This includes all areas – trustworthy with money, free from vices such as drunkenness, and not prone to an ill-temper. In short, a good pastor lives a holy and disciplined life.

5. A good family man

If married, a pastor should be a faithful husband and an effective father. Even amidst all the demands placed on a pastor by his church, he still must give high priority to his wife and children.

What would you add to this list?

 

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Ken Rafferty More than 1 year ago

--#4 & #5 should be #1&#2.  Faith, Family Flock.

Eric Davis More than 1 year ago

-- It may be important as a pastor to have a very clear and always evolving vision of the church and how the pastoral staff can make the biggest impact on people on a weekly basis.

NATE WALLACE More than 1 year ago

--6.  Filled with the Holy Spirit.   John 7:37-39,  Acts 2:38-39.

twonmakermama mamabear 10 months ago
Amen... a Godly man is indeed filled with the Holy Spirit, and truly leads by example.  Ministers have gotten away from the "old school, non politically correctness found today!!"  I also love churches and ministers who continue to minister through many of the "old gospel hymns ... Are you washed in the Blood, style!"  Filled with the Holy Spirit also seems to FLOW throughout any congregation!!  Amen and Blessings~
Scott Long More than 1 year ago

--He must be a man of prayer. The two foundations of any ministry are prayer and the Word. It is great if he is a strong Bible teacher, but without a strong prayer life, he will be susceptible to the flaming arrows of the enemy - thus preventing him from doing #'s 2, 3, 4, and 5 on your list...

Brian Doyle More than 1 year ago

--Models personal discipleship by investing in a few select men.

Brian Doyle More than 1 year ago

--Models personal discipleship - invests in a few individuals. Yes, I agree that strong bible teaching to all is important but my encouragement to pastors is to always be meeting with a few select men and reproducing your life.  

Brian Doyle More than 1 year ago

--6. Models personal discipleship - invests in a few individuals. Yes, I agree that strong bible teaching to all is important but my encouragement to pastors is to always be meeting with a few select men and reproducing your life.  

Brian Doyle More than 1 year ago

--Could we add # 6. Models personal discipleship - invests in a few individuals. Yes, I agree that strong bible teaching to all is important but my encouragement to pastors is to always be meeting with a few select men and reproducing your life.  

Brian Doyle More than 1 year ago

--Could we add..

6. Models personal discipleship - invests in a few individuals. Yes, I agree that strong bible teaching to all is important but my encouragement to pastors is to always be meeting with a few select men and reproducing your life.  

Jules Nemo More than 1 year ago

-- 6) He or she. Let's not forget that one of the things that was really striking about the early Church was women in leadership. And the first witnesses to the resurrection were women.

7) Make sure your cleric is accountable to some organization outside of the congregation. The church has a HUGE problem with sexual misconduct by pastors and youth pastors. And make sure that the organization has the appropriate policies in place and that they are being followed.