What is a Pastor?

The below articles explore a biblical answer

PART 1: What Is a Pastor? Setting the Stage

One of the driving contentions of this website is that our definition of the term “pastor” must come from the Scriptures. For any man called to pastor, his understanding of the meaning of that word and the function of the pastor should not just come from experience or observation. For example, neither your childhood pastor nor a CEO of a business should serve as the definitive source from which you define the term pastor. Neither should your understanding of the role of pastor come from the...

PART 2: Pastors in the Old Testament

Overseers in the Old Testament  While not used nearly as frequently as either shepherds or elders, the Old Testament does provide some context for the use of the term overseer in the New Testament. In Numbers 4:16, Eleazar the son of Aaron was given oversight of certain aspects of the priests’ ministry in the tabernacle. Later in Numbers, Moses was furious with the officers of the army, with those who had oversight over the soldiers in the army (31:14). In 2 Kings, the term overseer is used to...

PART 3: Jesus the Chief Shepherd

If the Old Testament looks forward to a faithful shepherd of God’s people, pastors must remember that this shepherd imagery is ultimately fulfilled in Jesus the Chief Shepherd. While the shepherd imagery of the New Testament can be used to refer to pastors, the shepherd imagery of the Old Testament most clearly finds its fulfillment in Jesus. So before we see how pastors today shepherd God’s people, we must first consider the true Davidic shepherd over God’s people, the model for pastoral...

PART 4: A Biblical Definition of a Pastor

We have been trying to make the argument that a definition of the term “pastor” must start with good exegesis of key texts from the Old and New Testaments, and from a solid understanding of the whole shape of Scripture. Having laid some of the foundation, now we can attempt to define the term “pastor” biblically.We have been trying to make the argument that a definition of the term “pastor” must start with good exegesis of key texts from the Old and New Testaments, and from a solid...