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Pastoral Role: Oversee, Not Lord over the Body of Christ

The body of Christ is not a two-headed monster. Just as the human body has many limbs that are subject to one mind, the church is also designed in the same way. Jesus Christ is the head of the body of Christ because, indeed, it is His body and He purchased it with His own blood. Ephesians 4:11 talks of what is known as the 5 fold ministry.

These 5 offices were given unto the church for the perfecting of the saints. All of these functions have the same authority. The issue among the modern church is that the office of pastor has been wrongfully elevated above the others. The Greek transliteration of the word pastor is poimén and is defined as a shepherd or ruler of a flock of men.

Jesus Christ Himself stated in John 10:11 that He is the good shepherd. A pastor is an overseer of a local assembly called to oversee but not lord over. While he is an important figure in the church, he is not a replacement for God. All too often pastors are called upon more often than Jesus. A good pastor has to be available for his flock and must be attentive to their needs, yet he shouldn’t cause the people to solely rely on him. A good pastor builds up the believer and assists in the spiritual growth of him, but always implores him to seek the counsel of the Lord.

A solid church will have more than one of the five offices functioning. This allows the pastor to operate more effectively in overseeing, which is what he is called to do. Every office is to help in leading the flock to the good shepherd which is Christ and not themselves. All members of the body work together in unison for one purpose, although they vary in function.

Timothy was told to appoint elders in every church. This proves that there was a plurality of elders in some assemblies opposed to the one-man show complex adopted by many modern churches. Team eldership will help eliminate the exaltation of one office above another and will promote dependence on God and not man.

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About Charles Russell

Charles Russell is a minister from Daytona Beach, FL. & has been working directly with troubled youth as a counselor for 9 years. He has obtained a plethora of experience communicating the word of God to children and adults. With a strong zeal for study and mentoring, he is now walking into his true calling as a pastor and teacher. Charles has now learned how to efficaciously utilize his gifts of music, exegetical teaching, graphic design, public speaking, writing, and youth mentoring as platforms to herald the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Most importantly, he is a husband and father.

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