What Is the Job of the Pastor?

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Jonathan Leeman:

A Crucial Role

Leaders play a crucial role in any church, and we’ll refer to them aspastorsandeldersinterchangeably because that’s what the Bible does (seeActs 20:17, 28;Titus 1:5, 7;1 Pet. 5:1–2). Your ability to do your job as a church member depends on pastors or elders doing their jobs. Your job is to be a priest-king. Jesus tasked you with watching over the what and the who of the gospel, as well as extending the gospel’s dominion throughout the earth by making disciples. But what is a pastor’s job?

As churches emerge from COVID-19, it’s as important as ever before that we know the answer to that question because of the impact the COVID-19 quarantines had on trust inside of churches—trust among members and trust toward leaders. We’ll think about this more in a moment, but part of…

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