The pastor needs to understand the flock.Posted: December 11, 2011
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.