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A Road to Be Less Traveled (Road from Believer to Pastor)

A Road to Be Less Traveled (Road from Believer to Pastor)

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Published by: John Marks Sanders on Dec 31, 2010
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What is a pastor? Is a pastor the man you see on T.V. touching people on the foreheadand they respond with erratic convulsions and passing out? If that is not a pastor, then maybe heis the one that landed the sweet deal of only having to work one day and always badgers peopleto give a tithe which all know is just a ruse to up his salary. The world sees a pastor not as arefined instrument for God’s glory but rather as a story teller and entertainer that works for thecongregation rather than God. About a year ago, an internet blog posted the topic, “thoughts thatmake a good pastor” and the responses were broad and erratic and all pointed in the sameworldly direction. The blog turned up 4 posts with characteristics such as entertaining, able tograb church goers’ attention, open minded, and non-judgmental. All throughout Christendom,God has used the likes of men to serve His purpose and achieve His goals but these men weremen after God’s own heart and desired to see and do God’s work. But the writer of this paper  believes this desire is fading. The desire to be a servant of God that is responsible for the well being of his following is being replaced with high tech audio visuals, live internet and television1
2feeds, motivational speaking, mass counseling sessions and a complete lack of reverence for God’s Word.The question asked “what is a pastor” if left up to the world would be just like thoseinternet responses, erratic broad and worldly but most of all it would not be biblical. Rather, thequestion needs to be “what makes a BIBLICAL Pastor?” allowing God’s inspired Word to be thedeciding judge. But how does one achieve this? What path needs to be taken and what actionsneed to be made in order to become a biblical pastor that achieves God’s goals? If “all havesinned and fallen short of the glory of God”
and start at the same state of unrighteousness, howdoes one grow in the faith to become a pastor? What is the process, in terms of biblical imagery,that turns a sheep into a shepherd?
The purpose of this paper is to shine light on thesepertinent questions. Rather than viewing the role of pastor through the eyes of the world,God’s Word will be consulted by looking at key passages and demonstrate how a believermoves from being a follower of God to becoming a leader for God.
This paper will flow from one passage to the next with each passage acting as a prerequisite to the next. The road to becoming a pastor is a process that has a starting place andan ending. This paper will show the flow of what needs to occur in the life of a believer to result
Romans 3:23
3in being a refined instrument used by God to achieve His purpose. But before the first key passage, and seeing the process to becoming a pastor, all pastors and leaders must come first toJames 3:1James 3:1 is a humbling verse that all pastors must come to grips with in order toconfirm that God has truly called them to becoming a pastor. This mandate reveals God’s heartfor pastors. James is speaking to believers and tells them that “not many should becometeachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive a stricter judgment”
and this is the start to“A Road Less Traveled” from believer to Pastor.
Believers (James 1:1)
In James 1:1 the author is addressing believers by way of 
Tribes in Dispersion
) lit. “sow, scatter”
 which are scattered abroad all across the world. During this timeof writing and given the author’s knowledge of Jewish customs, the great cities of the RomanEmpire had Jewish communities, but this phrase probably did not refer to Jews only. It had aneven broader purpose. According to Sidebottom, “the phrase was probably used of the members
James 3:1
Kurt Richardson,
The New American Commentary Vol. 36 (Nashville:Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997), 54

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