Where Did All the Pastors Go? 16 Second Message Recap


16 Second Message Pastor Stephen continued his series on the five-fold ministry gifts found in Ephesians 4:7-16 with this message about the pastoral gift. If you don't know your ministry gifts, head over to www.fivefoldministrytest.com!

The big idea: Pastors equip by caring!

To determine what pastors do in a church, Pastor Stephen related pastors to shepherds, as they are the same word in Greek.

Here's what pastors do:

  • They guide their faith community closer to the spiritual life-giver: Jesus
  • They guard the faith community from those that seek to destroy the congregation
  • They seek to rescue the hurting however they can so that person can come to a place of wholeness
  • They are aware of the needs of those in the church and bring words of counsel, comfort, encouragement and healing.
  • They encourage people to make peace with each other and to gather regularly.

Here's how you can use this gift (even if it's not your main one):

  • Look for hurting people...and don't walk away
  • Challenge your Christian friends to build a closer relationship with Jesus--perhaps by joining a Life-Transformation Group.
  • Stand against gossip, bitterness and dissension
  • Encourage participation in Church life
  • Encourage reconciliation
  • Befriend those who are new

For those whose main gift is pastoring Pastor Stephen added:

  • Instil a passion for pastoring in the congregation.

That's it in a nutshell! Be sure to listen to the full sermon online here.