The pastor needs to understand the flock.

The pastor needs to be a person who understands people. They are to be a person who understands ministry, vocation, gifting’s, callings, talents and the seasons of life. The pastor must be this person of understanding because without this understanding, the pastor is not equipped to truly do the work of pastoring.

The pastor will know how to minister to those who need rest. They will allow those people to rest and in the process of rest will cause them to be strengthened once again. The pastor will recognise those who need motivation to work and will bring about encouragement and equipping to do so. Those who are full of zeal and motivation will likewise be recognised and given work to do.

Within the framework of this activity, the pastor will recognise the tensions of when people are starting to burn out and need rest. They will know when the time is for those resting to be encouraged to do more and will provide the way of wisdom for those with zeal and passion so they will not quickly burn out. And so the cycle continues.

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2 Comments on “The pastor needs to understand the flock.”

  1. Paul Warren says:

    I am assuming that this is based upon your churches Manual for a Pastor. Your description bears little reflection on the scriptural view of those exercising the gift of pastor.

    • Craig Benno says:

      Hi Paul. I’m interested in knowing why you say this post bears little reflection on the Scriptural view of pastoring. It’s all part of the equipping the saints to do the work of the ministry. Our modern era is far different to that of the early church. In our pews we have many people who work in demanding care jobs. Nurses and medical staff . Personal carers. Counsellors. Emergency service workers. Teachers. Just to name a few.

      There are times when people do not have the energy to get with the program of the church. Yet in more ways than one, are doing the ministry of the church in their day to day living. We must recognise their need for rest. Give permission to sit and know that God is God. Allow them to be refilled and empowered to continue their God given vocation.


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