Ephesians 4:11-13 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
When I looked up the word pastor in Strong's Concordance this is what I found...
Strong's Number: 4166
of uncertain affinity
Parts of Speech
a herdsman, esp. a shepherd
in the parable, he to whose care and control others have committed themselves, and whose precepts they follow
the presiding officer, manager, director, of any assembly: so of Christ the Head of the church
of the overseers of the Christian assemblies
of kings and princes
The tasks of a Near Eastern shepherd were: - to watch for enemies trying to attack the sheep - to defend the sheep from attackers - to heal the wounded and sick sheep - to find and save lost or trapped sheep - to love them, sharing their lives and so earning their trust.
The part I want to comment on is the last entry which is in italics and bold print above. We are so blessed in our church body to have a wonderful pastor that fits that description. He loves us and shares our lives. I thought I would list some of the reasons why I love Pastor Paul...in no order of significance.
He shares his life with us.
He does not judge or condemn us.
He is always there when you need him.
He gives short messages so he doesn't lose our attention.
He teaches by example.
He lets me hide at his house when avoiding letting certain person in my house.
He didn't preach to me about how I was wrong while I was hiding in his house!
His sons are like part of my family; our kids have grown up together.
I love his wife and she is a wonderful friend.
He works hard doing things around our church building.
He listens to God.
He will be the first to tell you he's not perfect.
He encourages us in our walk with our Lord.
He laughs with us.
He laughs at himself.
He lets us have fun in church.
He reads my blog and leaves funny comments!
He's a great friend.
He helps us move furniture.
He practices what he preaches.
Now while some of these may be funny they are all true. We are blessed to have a wonderful pastor! And a wonderful church family!