The Bible teaches that if a church leader does not care for the needs of his family, then he will not be a good leader in the Church (l Tim 3:5; 5:8). A godly leader will first give himself to God, then to his wife and family, and then to ministry to others. All of these have higher priority than his own personal desires or ambitions.

F. Judgment On Unfaithful Pastors

Pastors must always remember that the sheep under their care belong to God -not to themselves (Jer 23:1, 2). There is only one fold, and one chief Shepherd (Jer 23:2,3;John 10:16).

Every pastor must give an account to God for his ministry. If he has been faithful, he will receive a reward. If he has been unfaithful, he will be judged.

There are several judgment s against unfaithful pastors:

  1. The sheep will be taken from them and given to faithful shepherds (Jer 10:21; 23:1-4).
  2. They will come under God’s hand of heavy judgment (Jer 12:10-13; 22:22; 23:1-5; 25:34-38;50:6,7; Zech 10:3; 11:17).

The ministry of a pastor is a great and very responsible calling. It is the central ministry around which the local church is formed. For this reason, Paul speaks these strong and serious words to all who would seek the ministry of a pastor:

“Watch over yourselves, and the whole flock which the Holy Spirit has brought under your care. You must be like shepherds to the Church of God, which He bought with His own blood.

“I know that after I leave you, some men will come like wild wolves and try to destroy the flock. Some will even arise from among you. They will seek to draw others after themselves with false teaching. So, be careful!

“Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you. I taught you night and day often with tears. Now I am put ting you into God’s care. I commit you to the word of His grace. It is a message which will build you up and give you a place and a, possession among all of God’s people.

I have never sought anyone’s money or fine clothes. You know I have worked with my own hands to suppl y my needs, and the need s of those who were with me. I showed by my example how you should work to help those who are weak. Remember what Jesus said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ “When Paul had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. And they all cried because he had said they would never see him again. They put their arms around him, and lovingly kissed him. Then they went with him to the ship” (Acts 20:28-38).

THE MINISTRY GIFT OF TEACHER

Christ’s great command to His disciples -just before His return to heaven -was to go into all the world with the Gospel (Mark 16:15). But He didn’t stop there. He also told them to make other disciples and teach them to obey everything He had given to them (Matt 28:19, 20).