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There are a number of passages in the New Testament that mention the role of pastors and/or other leaders in the church. But we know that what these roles looked like in the 60’s and 70’s AD may look very different within our culture today.
Fortunately, the Apostle Paul provides some specific roles for pastors and church leaders that transcend all cultures.
First, church leaders are to equip or complete the saints. Second, they are to oversee and serve the church’s needs. And finally they are to build up the body of Christ. All of this may occur through means such as teaching, training, counseling, or resourcing God’s people in other ways.
More than anything, this indicates that the role of church leaders is not simply to work and teach one day a week. Pastors and other church leaders regularly make themselves available to help encourage and train God’s people to better know God, know themselves, and love others.
As you read today, consider this: How can your church leaders help equip you as you continue to grow in Christ?
READING & PRAYERS:
How can your church leaders help equip you as you continue to grow in Christ? Have you taken the opportunity to ask them to help you?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that I have some responsibility when it comes to my own spiritual growth, and I also acknowledge that You have provided others who may be able to help me on my spiritual journey. Today, I simply thank You for providing the pastors and ministry leaders who regularly make themselves available in my life to equip and encourage me in my spiritual growth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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