I was talking with someone at church yesterday about the main roles I try to do as a Pastor. It was an interesting conversation. Today I thought I would share my thoughts here.
1. Preach and Teach – in a small country church this is a big focus. Each week I try to share from God’s Word and encourage and equip the church for the works of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12). Most people in country towns are busy during the week, so Sunday is very important.
2. Shepherd the flock – overseeing the church with the help of the Elders is another key focus. Leading the church in the direction God wants it to go and taking care of the people are the two main areas for me. Having a strong leadership team of people who pray, know the Word and love people is vital.
3. Build relationships – my third area of focus is building relationships. For me this happend on Sundays and also during the week. I simply work my way through a list of church members and made sure I connect with them regularly. I try to make sure I check in with each member at least once every three months away from church to talk, pray and encourage them from the Word.
4. Pray – my heart for our church members is that God would bless them. So I commit to pray for them all by name from the church list. A couple of times a week I spend an hour praying for the members and their families. This includes general prayer and things prompted by God.
There are lots of other things you do as a Pastor, but these feel like the right things for me to do in my context of a small country town.