“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11).
Biblically, the pastor serves as an overseer in the Church. In Ephesians 4:11, the Greek word for “pastor” is “poimen,” which literally translates “shepherd.” The word is plural and also seems to be united with the role of teaching. With this in mind, the Scripture indicates that the pastor operates within a team of overseers. Also, one way in which a pastor oversees and leads the community is through admonition and teaching.
It is not uncommon, in the modern Church, to view the pastor as an autocratic leader. At Sanctuary, we seek to foster a culture of shared-leadership where the unique gifts of the ministry leadership can work in conjunction with the senior pastor in supporting the growth and health of the church. We have senior pastors, Jim and Linda Shields, along with four other assisting pastors: Bobby & Margo Baker and Warren & Lori Clark. This pastoral team rotates on a teaching schedule for Sunday sermons; they also serve the community by providing prayer, counsel, care, wisdom, and oversight for individuals and for the community at large.