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Bishop President Robert L. Cackler's Speech

Pastor’s Responsibilities

 

The pastor is a member of the priesthood who leads the congregation and ensures that all areas of ministry and all aspects of the organization are functioning properly. He is to ensure that word of God is taught to the people, by formal study and by way of example.


He is to be alert when things go wrong and take steps to correct the situation. He is to make himself available to the members of the congregation by being with them and reachable when needed. He is to be dedicated in his service to the Lord and exhibit a love for the people.


A pastor must not be afraid of responsibility or accountability. Here are some words of stern counsel from the Prophet Jeremiah:


"For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the Lord: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered." (Jeremiah 10:21)

"Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord." (Jeremiah 23:1)

But the Lord God is wanting to bless his people:


"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." (Jeremiah 3:15)

A pastor is a leader, but also a team player in the work of perfecting:


"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." (Ephesians 4:11-13)

To summarize, a pastor is to dedicate himself to lead the flock, feed the flock, guard the flock, and give himself to the flock.


Amen.

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