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The spirit of the word

Spiritually endowed, serving his community or congregation by counselling and guiding – essentially like a shepherd to his sheep, pastor is a religious representative in Christianity.  The political and biblical significance of pastor is closely related to minister, but all ministers are not pastors, though all pastors are ministers.

New Testament of Bible also relates a pastor as an elder in a given community.  The spirit of the word lies in ability to guide people spiritually and religiously.  The term can refer to someone who is occupied tending livestock such as we see in the Christmas story in Luke Gospel or it can refer figuratively to rulers and leaders. – A shepherd leads, feeds, nurtures, comforts, corrects, and protects–responsibilities that belong to every church leader, a pastor.

So strong is the position of a pastor in their belief system that Hebrews 13:17 says "pastors will stand before the Lord and give account for the souls of their flock."  If ministers find it frightening, they should.  It is a fearsome thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

Till last century, the ministerial jobs of Church were limited to serving and preaching people.  As a rule, all power corrupts.  The church is no exception to this.  The ego laden god-servants set up hierarchy and stringent rules as no one man can assume the role of “the pastor,” whether by title or by practice, for a congregation, neither can a congregation delegate one man to be the sole church manager, regardless of the unanimity of vote or the crises at hand.  This was to put a hold on growing powers of pastors over their own localities.  The plan is for qualified men to serve together over a single, autonomous congregation. Less than ideal circumstances never justify unscriptural arrangements in church matters.

As one goes to rural and tribal areas, far inside the human habitats away from structured metros, one can see the importance of a pastor in the life of the residents there.  It is enlightening to see how a single man, a pastor, is a doctor, nurse, teacher, preacher, lawyer, counsellor, cleaner, representative, almost everything.

Irrespective of Church’s ever-increasing power and hold on their ministers, a pastor is always seen as a humble, friendly man in the immediate neighbourhood, who is there to participate in every event of one’s life.  In the current scenario of changing religious inclinations and people’s loss of faith in God, pastors may find it difficult to restore faith of mankind back into God, nonetheless, a pastor is always a revered man in his own small church, in his own group of hapless families looking up to him for all their needs.  In sickness, in health, in weddings, in divorces, in birth, in deaths, the hand that holds them together is that of a pastor.

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