LAST UPDATE 7/25/16 (Added 1)
BESIDES PASTORS, SOME OF THE CHURCHES LISTED NEED SCHOOL TEACHERS, YOUTH PASTORS ETC.
TO CHURCHES LOOKING FOR A PASTOR or WORKER
In today’s society, it is very important that you check out the background of any prospective church worker including a pastoral candidate. Pedophiles know where to find children, ungodly men know how to abuse authority. False accusations due occur, but from experience in running this database for the past 17 years or so, we need to be more careful than ever. Do all that you can to protect your children. One of the qualifications for a pastor is:
OF GOOD BEHAVIOR-
(Webster’s 1828: Behaviour, it expresses external appearance or action) A pastor must both have manners in his actions, speech, and dress. The Scriptures themselves can be offensive enough without the man of God being offensive in his actions, speech, and dress. A man’s coworkers, neighbors, acquaintances will know if this is true. How does a man treat his neighbors? How does a man treat the normal person around him. If he has a bad name (a rightfully earned one), he should not pastor. Is he a consistent hugger (he SHOULDN’T be!)? Does he take liberties that a man in his position should not take? There are many warning signs check them out! These are things that are very important for us to check out.
(1 Corinthians 7:1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Proverbs 6:29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. Genesis 20:6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her. Ruth 2:9 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn. Psalm 112:5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Proverbs 5:20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? Proverbs 11:22 As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.)
This is a clear admonition to Do a background, neighbor, former church check-
The men that send their resume's to churches are praying over that contact. If you know somebody is not going to be considered for the pastorate you have listed, please let them know. You do not have to tell them the reason, but do let them know that you are no longer considering them. This is a proper thing to do (decently and in order!).
WARNING FOR PREACHERS SEEKING A PASTORATE
This admonition comes from a Like minded preacher of 30 plus years in our Lord’s service:
“Warn the pastoral candidates about the unscrupulous ways of many churches not following the biblical principles in regard to Pastors. After serving some 30 years in nine churches, I can assure you that some churches get exactly what they bargain for. I have worked honestly and fervently to build churches and always try to help them find a suitable pastor when I leave. However many churches seem to desire the liberals over honest and sincere administrations and preaching.
I have never taken a church solely on it’s pay package, but I have pastored small and poor as well as wealthy and large churches. The people make the church not just the Pastor, if their hearts are honest with God, He will bless and care for the church. A bad pastor is a large part of the failures but the people are the consideration as well. Many want God to keep the preacher humble and they strive to keep him poor. Most churches I speak to are looking for just an honest preacher, others want a trained lap dog.
Preacher, make sure it is God’s will!”
If you find a church that has filled the listed position,
PLEASE let me know.
NEWEST LISTINGS ARE ON THE TOP
(P.S. If you require a certain salary, DON’T TAKE OR LOOK FOR A PASTORATE TILL YOU GET YOUR HEART RIGHT WITH GOD! If you don’t meet the qualifications for a pastor listed in Timothy & Titus wait until you are qualified. If you cannot meet the qualifications, God has not called you to the pastorate)
NEEDS SONG DIRECTOR/PIANIST/BUS MINISTRY
PASTOR CHRIS BALL
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH
1411 SCHOOL ST
COLUMBIA TN 38401
We are praying that God will send the us the folks we need to compliment the ministry. We are old fashioned, independent, fundamental, KJV, traditional music. The areas of need are as follows: Music Ministry including Piano and the Bus Ministry. For more information, contact us at
feel free to mail a resume and doctrinal statement.
PLEASANT PLAINS BAPTIST CHURCH
1802 OLD US 1 HWY
APEX NC 27502
KJB CHURCH. AVERAGE ATTENDANCE AROUND 50 (HIGHEST HAS BEEN AROUND 120). SEEKING PASTOR WHO IS GOD CALLED HAS A HEART FOR THE PEOPLE. CHURCH STARTED IN 1914, LOCATED IN A AREA WITH STEADY GROWTH.
CONTACT 919 880 6517
PASTOR PAUL FREDERICK
CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
3561 BOONE STREET RD
SALEM IL 62881
We are currently seeking a bi-
VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH
300 S 1200 W
OREN UT 84058
SS 10,SM 11,SN 530,W
NEED YOUTH PASTOR (CURRENTLY PART TIME)
Seeking a couple who have been called of God to work with the young people and teenagers of today.
We have a few good teenagers that are faithful but from time to time become discouraged due to a lack of that one special person who is dedicated to working with them without being responsible for other areas in the ministry that the pastor and associate pastor are responsible for.
Our situation is that we are not able to bring a youth leader on in a full time capacity at this time but we can pay them some each week.
If you know of anyone that would be willing to be a bi vocational youth leader have them get in touch with myself.
We are an Independent, Fundamental, Missionary minded, Pre Tribulation, KJV Baptist Church.
Out beliefs and doctrinal stand is one our web-
PASTOR VANCE CATLIN
HARMONY BAPTIST CHURCH
6008 W KNIGHTS GRIFFIN RD
PLANT CITY FL 33565
SEEKING A PASTOR TO HELP PLANT A CHURCH IN IOWA
We seek to start a church described by the terms: Bible-
For a detailed letter of who we are and what we expect and our goals for the ministry. As a forthright challenge to the quick responder…it should be noted that, in our previous church plant, something like 130 men sent letters, emails, and resumes…but I would suggest that fewer than 10 of them were remotely of the same mind in the whole of what was conveyed in the search letter.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
PO BOX 2106
31614A HWY 97
TONASKET WA 98855
SS 10,SM 11,SN 6,W 7
God has cleansed this church and the people have soft and willing hearts, they are busy about God's business seeking souls. We are praying for God to send us a man that has a young family, has served in the military(we have one of the largest concentrations of veterans in america in our zip code), Bilingual(many Hispanic orchard workers here), loves the elderly(60% of our population are retired) and has a genuine desire to see souls saved. Please contact through email.
SONG LEADER/PIANO PLAYER
PASTOR MIKE HARGIS
UNION BAPTIST CHURCH
4038 REDHILL RD
LIVINGSTON KY 40445
We are a growing church that started with just two families. Almost 30 people have gotten saved and baptized in the last five months. We are seeking a man who is willing to lead the Hymn singing. Ideal situation would be a couple where the wife could play the piano. Or the man could play and lead. Also you need to be a motivated soul winner with some fire to you. The candidate would have to work a secular job for now until we add new families. If interested please call our Pastor at 859-
NEEDS ASSISTANT PASTOR
PASTOR SETH SHIPMAN
MAJESTY BAPTIST CHURCH
820 SE VISTA DRIVE
LEE'S SUMMIT MO 64063
SM 10,SN 130,W 7
Contact our Pastor: 816-
Majesty Baptist Church is a church plant that began in May 2014. We are looking for an Assistant to the Pastor to come along side our preacher and be a help in various areas. We are looking for someone that is willing work a secular job, and help us.
NEEDS YOUTH PASTOR
We adheres to the Fundamental Doctrines of the Faith once delivered to the saints. We teach and preach from the 1611 Authorized King James Bible. We are looking for someone who has verifiable experience as a youth director or youth pastor. Education requirements will be determined upon level of experience. We need someone who leads a spirit filled, separated life and has a calling of God upon their heart and life for youth ministry. We need someone who has a burden for youth and would be willing to come here and be dedicated to the youth program of the church. You will be expected to go soulwinning with the pastor every week, you will be expected to attend all services, and you will be expected to attend youth camp. You must be in agreement with and adhere to our Statement of Faith and the Bylaws of Current River Baptist Church.
The church is unable to offer an income at this time, so we are looking for someone who may be retired Military or someone who can come in and work to support themselves. There is a great need here for a Youth Pastor who can invest themselves in the youth program. We are looking for a husband and wife team to work with our young ladies and young men together and separately. If one or both were musically inclined, play piano or other instruments, that would be a plus.
We have a two bedroom mobile home on the church property to help in getting settled down. It will be available for as long as there is a need. As the Church grows, there is hope that we may be able to supplement income or even pay a salary so that there can be more time spent working in the church. Our hope is that as God continues to grow and bless or church, that this will become a full time paid position. As we said, there is a great need in this area for a Youth Pastor with a burden for the youth. We are not just looking for a man of God, we are looking for Gods man that He has chosen for this position.
You may view our Statement of Faith on our website at:
http://www.currentriverbaptistchurch.com/. This is not all we believe, but is the basics of our Faith. If you area interested, please feel free to contact us and send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PASTOR TODD TAYLOR
CURRENT RIVER BAPTIST CHURCH
PO BOX 385
HWY 142 E
DONIPHAN MO 63935
SS 930,SM 1030,SN 6,W 7
YOUTH PASTOR NEEDED
PASTOR JOE MARTIN
BASEHOR BAPTIST CHURCH
3714 N. 155TH ST
BASEHOR KS 66007
SS 10, SM 11, SN 6,W 6, AWANA 6
SOULWINNING, PRISON, HOMELESS, AWANA
15 MINUTES OUTSIDE OF KANSAS CITY
We have 75-
SEEKING A PASTOR
HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH
151 S MAIN ST
STOCKTON IL 61085
SM 10, SN 1230, W 630
We are able to pay a part-
Beautiful country, wonderful people, but very little gospel witness. The field is white already to harvest! PLEASE contact Pastor Bob Zdziarski at (815) 947-
NEEDS YOUTH PASTOR
looking for a married couple to work with our young people. The ideal candidate would have some background in music, with the ability to lead the singing and/or play the piano. There would be some administrative duties and visitation responsibilities. We have great facilities and I believe that there is a great opportunity here for the right candidate. We are a King James only, with a traditional service.
We have a great missions apartment in the church which would be available, and can pay at least a small salary. I would consider a candidate who would need to work part time.
If you occasionally use another version of the Bible, please don’t waste either of our time.
While we don’t trash anyone who is preaching the Gospel and seeking to please the Lord, we are distinctively Baptist, and are not non nor inter-
I am more concerned about a separated life, the ability and willingness to love our people, a burden for souls, and the ability to teach and preach than I am about a degree.
You can send a resume to:
PASTOR BOB ELFRINK
GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH
300 E CHEROKEE
CLEVELAND OK 74020
Or email to:
Or call my cell # (573) 205-
CHURCH PLANTERS NEEDED in MAINE
Willing to help all that I can in getting you here. You will need support or retirement income, etc. Many open areas, contact for more info:
PASTOR RICHARD GRUBB
32 DODGE RD, APT 2
PHILLIPS ME 04966
(207) 639 2068
NEEDED ASSISTANT TO THE PASTOR
Looking for a man or family to help start a church. Work a job for now and be an active assistant to the Pastor. A mission of Longview Baptist Temple. Must be Baptist, separated with convictions.
PASTOR GARY AARON
VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH
TOMBALL COMMUNITY CENTER
221 MARKET ST
TOMBALL TX 77357
BIG HORN INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH
420 OBIE SUE AVE
WORLAND WY 82401
WEST SMYRNA BAPTIST CHURCH
SMYRNA NY 13464-
SEEKING LIKE MINDED PASTORS TO HELP IN VIDEO SEMINARY
Houston Baptist Institute and Theological Seminary, President A D Johnson
KJB Only, fundamental Baptist, Bible believing and teaching seminary, just starting out in the Houston, TX area. We are seeking faithful brethren of the IFB stripe to consider creating video courses for the seminary, as many in our library are in need of updating. This is not a (currently) salaried position, and the person volunteering would need to be sufficiently qualified. (They would need either a Masters (for undergrad) or Doctorate (grad) from a like minded IFB seminary to be qualified to teach.) We have need of the following courses at the following levels:
1.) Job (Masters level) 2.) Acts (Masters level)
3.) Isaiah I and II (Doctoral Level) 4.) OT/NT Introduction (Masters Level)
5.) Systematic Theology (Bachelors Level) 6.) Psalms (Bachelors Level)
7.) Proverbs (Masters Level) 8.) Jeremiah/Lamentations (Masters Level)
9.) Eschatology I 10.) Daniel 11.) Revelation
If you believe God would have you to help contribute to the biblical education of other dear saints in the field, we would love to be a part of their ministry in this way. Though silver and gold have we none, such as we have, give we unto you. For every set of accepted courses, we will allow that brother to take either a Th.B or Th.M program free of charge. (other than shipping for materials) as a way of saying thanks. Ultimately, we seek to honor the LORD in doing this ministry, and would covet your prayers. for more information, email us: email@example.com
If you have young folks who would like a biblical education (KJV) WITHOUT modern scholarship and compromise, then please consider us as well. You can visit us online at : http://www.hbits.org
BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH
377 COURT ST SUITE 109
PLYMOUTH MA 02360
TV/CABLE, NURSING HOME, MENS, WOMENS, YOUTH, RECOVERY
NEEDED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER (ACE)
We are an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church in Southeastern Connecticut. We are seeking a qualified Elementary school teacher for our ACE school. We would provide any training necessary. It would be good if the applicant also has a background in either music or art. A couple where the husband is either in or desiring to be in the ministry, particularly in New England, would be ideal as we would be able to have the man work and train in the church. The teacher position is a paid position, pay is determined on experience, while the ministry training would require outside employment. For more information please forward all inquiries or resume' to firstname.lastname@example.org or the PO Box below:
PASTOR TIM GENGARELLA
NORTH STONINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH
PO BOX 25
5 ROCKY HOLLOW RD
NORTH STONINGTON CT 06359
INTERIM PASTOR PHILIP SLAMA
NORTHLAND BAPTIST CHURCH
104 IVY AVE WEST
ST PAUL MN 55117
LITTLE CANADA AREA & MINNEAPOLIS
SS 945, SM 11, SN 7, W 7
Willing to spend time knocking doors and winning souls, as well as tend to some of the other ministry needs.
PASTOR GEORGE BURKINSHAW
CALVARY BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH
PO BOX 405
585 W MAIN ST
ELBRIDGE NY 13060
BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH
PO BOX 146
1323 CR 21
GHENT NY 12075
COLUMBIA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY,K5-
YOUTH PASTOR NEEDED
I AM LOOKING FOR A COUPLE TO TAKE OVER THE TEEN MINISTRY. WE ARE NOT ABLE
TO PAY AT THIS TIME, BUT WITH THE RIGHT COUPLE WHO WILL GET IN AND HELP
BUILD THE WORK CAN EXPECT IT TO WORK INTO A FULL TIME POSITION. IT WOULD
BE A BLESSING IF YOU COULD LEAD MUSIC AS WELL.
WE ONLY USE THE KING JAMES BIBLE, CLOSED IN THE LORD’S SUPPER, PRE-
AND SING TRADITIONAL MUSIC.
PASTOR RICHARD L ROBERTS
FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH
901 E 23RD ST
INDEPENDENCE MO 64055
ASSISTANT PASTOR NEEDED
I am praying for God to send us a couple who have surrendered their life to do God's will to serve as an Asst Pastor who has God's call on his life and willing to serve others. This is not a place for the faint at heart nor a place to just "land" for a paycheck. This is the front lines in the effort to see God send revival and salvation to a city. Feel free to email or call (870) 489-
PASTOR SHAWN CUTHBERTSON
LIBERTY BAPTIST CHURCH
8454 HWY 79 S
PINE BLUFF AR 71603
YOUTH/MUSIC WORKER NEEDED
Bible college student next summer for a temporary internship to help us primarily with youth and perhaps with music (depending on ability) and various projects.
PASTOR CHRIS MCPHERSON
GRACE INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH
197 HOPEWELL RD
MOULTRIE GA 31768
YOUTH WORKER NEEDED
We have great need of a spiritually qualified young man or a young couple to work with our youth. Currently this will need to be bi-
PASTOR DENNIS GRIMES
SEMPRONIUS BAPTIST CHURCH
6500 FRAZIER RD
MORAVIA NY 13118
SS 945,SM 11,SN 2,W 630
HOME SCHOOLERS, PATCH THE PIRATE PROGRAM
ASSOCIATE and/or YOUTH PASTOR
Looking for a retired/semi retired pastor
to help in our church ministry. And/Or a couple to work with our group of teenagers. We have about 25-
For an older pastor, we can pay a part time wage and will work out
details of ministry for him to do. This can help suppliment his
S.Security etc. Not expecting him to work full time for a part time
wage. All negotiable.
For youth, couple would need to be bi vocational to start w/goal of
getting them full time.
Contact Pastor Bonner
PASTOR CHARLES BONNER
BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH OF SELAH
20 TIBBLING RD
SELAH WA 98942
SS 10,SM 11,SN 6,W 7
PULPIT SUPPLY NEEDED
Needs of occasional pulpit supply as we seek a pastor. We are a small but growing group of dedicated believers, looking for someone that has a heart for people and is KJB-
CROSSROADS BAPTIST CHURCH
SLIPPERY ROCK PA
BIVOCATIONAL YOUTH/ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Please email resumes to
PASTOR JASON DOUGLASS
LIGHTHOUSE BAPTIST CHURCH
5879 STATE RD
FT GRATIOT MI 48059
SS 945,SM 1045,SN 5,W 7
NEEDS FULL TIME Craft and Furniture Maker
We are in the beginning of starting a live in facility for families that have addictions. Part of the ministry will involve providing a place of employment for those in the program. We are in need of someone that can operate Miracle Valley Crafts. The responsibilities would be to take care of the daily business operations as well as design and build craft and furniture products. Will also have the resposibility of overseeing those that are enrolled in the addictions program during the work day.
Would be able to provide a small salary. Once the ministry is fully established it should be able to fully support those involved full-
Must love the Lord and His Church! We are an Independent, fundamental, KJB only, baptist church that sings from the hymns.
We are wholly local church minded and reject any organized fellowship as a means to do the work our Lord only gave His churches. We are a small church in number but big in heart and ministry.
If you feel God would use you for this ministry please contact:
PASTOR KENNY HICKS
WHITE RIVER BAPTIST CHURCH
HC 33 BOX 50
ST PAUL AR 72760
18830 HWY 16 in WITTER
NEED OF A MUSIC INSTRUCTOR & ASSISTANT PREACHER
SMOKY MOUNTAIN BAPTIST CHURCH
1436 WINNFIELD DUNN PARKWAY, SEVIERVILLE TN 37876
PIGEON FORGE / GATLINBURG
WE ARE A NEWLY ESTABLISHED INDEPENDENT KJB BAPTIST CHURCH IN THE BEAUTIFUL SMOKY MOUNTIANS AREA OF TN. WE ARE GROWING AND ARE LOOKING FOR GOD'S MEN & THEIR HOMES TO INCREASE THE VALUE OF WHAT WE OFFER THE LOCAL PEOPLE HERE AS WELL AS THE 9 MILLION VISITORS TO THE SMOKIES EACH YEAR. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN OUR POSITIONS OF MUSIC INSTRUCTOR OR ASSISTANT PREACHER, OR IF YOU CAN FILL BOTH POSITIONS, THEN PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE & CONTACT US ONLINE OR CALL PREACHER DAN FOR MORE INFORMATION.
HELP IN A NEW CHURCH
A man, single or with family, to move to
A BEAUTIFUL CITY OF 12,000 IN THE OZARK MOUNTAINS. WORK A JOB FOR NOW AND HELP PLANT A CHURCH FROM SCRATCH. OUR FIRST SUNDAY WAS SEPT. 21, 2014, NOW RUNNING IN THE 30s. CANNOT BE LAZY. MUST LOVE SOULWINNING, BE GROUNDED IN DOCTRINE OR WILLING TO LEARN. GOTTA BE A BAPTIST WITH A GOOD OLD KJB, AND KNOW WHY. I AM A VETERAN CHURCH PLANTER, AND PLAN TO PLANT MORE CHURCHES OUT OF THIS ONE. I REALIZE THIS IS NO ORDINARY CALLING. ONLY GOD CAN LEAD YOU IN THIS. CLARKSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH. TRADITIONAL, UNINCORPORATED,"CHURCH THE WAY IT USED TO BE" BUS MIN. LATER, JR. CHURCH, NOW, HYMNALS, PEWS, STANDARDS. PASTOR, KEN PENNINGTON, 479 (979) 5091. email@example.com
MACEDONIAN CALL TO START A CHURCH
Wanted someone called of God with an Independent, Fundamental, Baptist, KJB, pre-
WASHINGTON COUNTY GA
(22,000 plus people) where there is not such. You will start with one couple with such convictions. Send resume to: BruceJHaller@Gmail.com or call (478) 348-
NEEDS YOUTH PASTOR
WE ARE I NEED OF A YOUNG AT HEART COUPLE TO WORK WITH OUR YOUTH. NO EXPERIENCE, NO PROBLEM. WE ARE WILLING TO HELP YOU AS YOU HELP US. OUR LOCATION IS 20 MILES SOUTH OF ROCKFORD, IL. WE ARE NOT ABLE TO PAY SOMEONE AT THIS TIME HOWEVER; THE RIGHT PERSON WILL GET CHANCES TO PREACH AND LEARN FROM AN EXPERIENCED CHURCH PLANTER. WILL ALSO CONSIDER A BAPTIST COLLEGE STUDENT.
PASTOR AL ROOSE
NEW BEGINNINGS BAPTIST CHURCH,
305 N GROVE ST
PO BOX 220
CRESTON IL 60113
We are seeking to presently establish the H.O.P.E. Baptist Christ Church Plant. I am functioning as the pastor through the commission of Grace Independent Baptist Church, Ocean Springs, MS. We just took on our first missionary. We are presently seeking laborers. I am prayerfully looking for God called qualified laborers to help plant the H.O.P.E. Baptist Christ Church Plant in Washington County, GA. I am looking for God called, qualified, teachable, spiritual and scriptural leaders, who are either called to church planting, the pastorate wanting additional on hands training, evangelism involving learning to or helping to plant a local Church, the music ministry, older seasoned believers, who want to help or just God’s people of any age interested in working with an evangelistic team to plant a Fundamental Independent, Baptist, KJV local Church plant, where there never has been a successful one.
INTERIM PASTOR/PLANTER EVANGELIST BRUCE HALLER
H.O.P.E. BAPTIST CHRIST CHURCH
WASHINGTON COUNTY GA
FAMILY BAPTIST CHURCH
PO BOX 20071
BARRIGADA, GU 96921
SS 9,SM 10,SN 5,W 7
THERE ARE MANY MORE CHURCHES ON THIS WEBSITE THAT DON’T HAVE A PASTOR LISTED. I DO NOT KNOW IF THEY HAVE A PASTOR, THEY MAY OR MAY NOT, WORTH CHECKING OUT IF YOU HAVE A BURDEN FOR A SPECIFIC AREA. JUST GO TO EACH STATE AND DO A SEARCH FOR THE CITIES YOU ARE INTERESTED IN CHECKING OUT.
The following is a sermon that I prepared a few years back and thought I would share it. I do realize not everybody holds the positions that I uphold in this message, but this is my convictions that I hold according to the Word of God. I do have friends in the ministry that do not hold to all these positions, and all the churches listed in this database may not hold to all these positions.
PASTORAL QUALIFICATIONS, A MUST FOR THE PASTOR!
(P.S. These are not the websites qualifications, these are the qualifications as set by God Almighty in His precious and perfect Word -
Word Biblical Word Study of Timothy 3:1-
The qualifications of a pastor are important. All of these come with time. Some cannot be acquired due to events in a man’s life that disqualifies him. It is important to understand the qualifications how God intended them.
MUST BE “”
“Must Be” is easily seen as imperative and binding, it is a command from the highest authority.
The same Greek word is used referring to what Jesus must do in order to pay-
Matthew 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
The qualifications listed are not good things for a pastor (or any mature Christian man) to have, these are necessary qualifications a man must have to qualify for the pastorate and to maintain the pastorate once he is called to it. God unequivocally lays down what a man MUST BE taking all the guess work and human reasoning out. Please remember, this is the qualifications of the Pastorate, not the Sunday School teacher, not the Usher, not the Evangelist, but the Pastor. (Some of these same qualifications do however belong to the deacons).
I. MUST not BE’s: Negative DISQUALIFICATIONS For The PASTOR
A. Must not be SELF-
The pastor cannot be a man that seeks his own desires, but one whose concern is for the happiness of the flock so they will multiply, and thus please the owner of the flock:
Calvin on Baptist: “...all that filth and villainy...mad dogs who vomit their filth against the majesty of God and want to pervert all religion. Must they be spared?” (Oct. 16, 1555). Calvin hated the Anabaptists and called them “henchmen of Satan.” And he said: “Anabaptists and reactionists should be alike put to death.” Four men who disagreed with him on who should be admitted to the Lord’s Supper were beheaded, quartered, and their body parts hung in strategic locations in Geneva as a warning to others. He burned Michael Servetus (for rejecting infant baptism and for denying Christ’s deity). Calvin wrote, “One should not be content with simply killing such people, but should burn them cruelly.”
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added
to the church daily such as should be saved. Notice, God didn’t say, “As many as were elected,” but as many as “should be saved.” Once they are saved, they become the elect. You don’t become an elected official until you are given the office. You cannot force anybody into an elected office!
B. Must NOT BE soon ANGRY
A man that is quick to jump to bad conclusions is not qualified for the pastorate: James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: Jesus was angry at certain things but He responded in the right way (or righteous way): John 2:15-
C. Must NOT BE given to WINE
The clear instruction here is that a man is not even supposed to use intoxicating drink as a beverage. The Bible warns the kings: Proverbs 31:4-
O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: 5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. The Bible warns the priests and prophets: Isaiah 28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. The Bible reminds us, as a born again believer, we are the Kings, priest & prophets: Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to Him be glory and dominion
for ever and ever. Amen. Mark 16:15 ... Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. The pastor should never be in the position where his judgment and decisions at home or at church are impaired due to things he puts in his body.
E. Must NOT BE a STRIKER
Revelation 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, ... A man should not be prone to pushed to a point where he strikes out with physically violence during disagreements. A man needs to have the ability to assess the situation and react in a productive way. A man should not be reactionary, he must assess situations and decide the best route of resolve. Luke 6:29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. Acts 23:3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? 1 Corinthians 8:12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
F. Must NOT BE a BRAWLER
A Pastor needs to lead people to be peacemakers among the sheep, not leading them to be contentious. Colossians 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, A man that looks for fights cannot have an effective ministry to the flock. A man that teaches others to look for a fight is not fit to pastor. Fear of God and chastisement is important, but terror should not be part of the ministry. Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
G. Must NOT BE GREEDY nor COVETOUS of FILTHY LUCRE
A man that covets wordly things of that which he has not will be prone to impropriety with money and or possessions. He can never feed the flock of God as he should because his pursuits are not for them, but himself. His messages, plans and pursuits will be geared towards this end of self-
II. MUST BE’s: Positive QUALIFICATIONS for the PASTOR
A. MUST BE TEMPERATE
This word means to have dominion over; having control over. It is the quality of self-
of a wolf or lion or make over corrections in hind sight. Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Matthew 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
B. MUST BE BLAMELESS as the STEWARD
The man seeking to be a pastor cannot be in the process of ironing out his problems, they should already be ironed out. Luke 1:6 And they were both [Zacharias & Elisabeth] righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
2. As The STEWARD
Clearly the pastor must realize first that it is not his congregation or work but God’s. He must also correctly preach and teach God’s word -
C. MUST BE a LOVER OF and GIVEN TO HOSPITALITY
A man must love people, this is a requirement. A pastor should desire to have church members over as guests (invited or uninvited), this is his ministry: Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. He should have a genuine concern for all peoples and have a desire to help them. He also however must love the stranger and be hospitable to them too. 1 Peter 4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging. Matthew 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: For a flock to grow, they must learn fellowship from the pastor. Acts 2:42-
D. MUST BE VIGILANT
The man of God needs always to be on guard, scripturally proving what he and others pertaining to the ministry are doing. He needs to be cautious, prudent, and watchful in the protection of the sheep entrusted to him. 2 Timothy 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. A pastor needs to see the symptoms of the sheep and step in and deal with the problems before they get out of hand. A pastor needs to be aware of that which is affecting the flock from outside the flock and deal with those problems quickly as well. He must know when the whole flock needs an inoculation (preaching) and when individuals in the flock need an inoculation (individual correction). He must exercise church discipline when it is needed. Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. A true pastor will be very hesitant to believe in something IF it is possible for SATAN to counterfeit it. He will be on guard to the extent that he will occasionally have to caution people about their beliefs or their experiences. Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. 2 Corinthians 7:9-
E. MUST BE a LOVER of GOOD MEN
He needs to recognize the signs of the type of person wanting the individualized attention to obtain greater things in the Christian life. 2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. A pastor needs to know who to appoint to what position. Who to give authority too, who to place his trust in for the better care of the flock. A pastor needs to be able to surround himself with good men both inside and outside the church. A pastor needs outside counsel and fellowship of other pastors: Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. Proverbs 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. 1 Kings 12:6-
F. MUST BE SOBER
A pastor needs to be a man of balance not going off on tangents. He needs to calmly look upon each situation and measure it according to Scripture. He needs not to be swayed by feelings nor by other outside controlling factors such as drugs or alcohol or “popular” opinion. Titus 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 1 Corinthians 14:20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. The sober man is not under the control of external influences, he is not given to excesses; he knows his limits. Thus he is able to keep his fellow-
G. MUST BE JUST
A man must be a fair man. He must seek correct judgment. Psalm 82:2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. He must be able to look at both sides of an issue and come up with the just solution: John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. A man can have his favorite friends, but he must not let his judgment be clouded because of them. Colossians 4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Psalm 25:9 The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach his way. Proverbs 19:28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity. Proverbs 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Proverbs 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. John 5:30 I can of Mine own self do nothing: as I hear,
I judge: and My judgment is just; because I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me. John 7:51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth? Acts 7:35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.
H. MUST BE HOLY
This is a man’s fellowship with God. A man must needs be consecrated to God, set apart for His use. This is the one element that determines how good of a conduit of God’s power a man will be. 1 Timothy 2:8, I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 1 John 2:4-
saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked. If a man has no communication with God, The Chief Shepherd, the care of the flock will grievously suffer.
I. MUST BE HOLDING FAST the FAITHFUL WORD
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A man must have his faith in the Word of God as completely inerrant and unable to be improved upon at all. If his faith is not complete in this area how will he be able to guide the flock in God’s will? Matthew 6:24, No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. The Bible claims it is perfect, the man must hold that it is perfect (not that it was prefect!). 1 Thessalonians 2:13, For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. A man when asked, “Where is the perfect Word of God?” Should be able to hold up and show you a perfect copy: Psalm 12:6-
In the English pastorate, it can be easily proven that this is the KJV because it is the only Bible with the Textus Receptus and the Masoretic Text underlying it. If a man cannot hold up a Bible and say it is the perfect word of God without error, what is his authority? He is his own authority by his own interpretation (or any other man’s interpretation), the Bible warns against that!: 2 Peter 1:19-
J. MUST EXHORT
A pastor must be able to encourage the flock to serve God and do right through all adversities and persecutions. He must help the hurting to heal and to encourage the faithless to have faith. Romans 12:1, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 1 Thessalonians 3:2, And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: 2 Corinthians 1:4, Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. A man should have a spirit of encouragement, not a spirit of a defeatist. He needs to have the spirit of a team captain, leading them to believe in victory no matter the odds: Romans 8:31, What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 1 Corinthians 15:55-
K. MUST HAVE GOOD BEHAVIOUR & A GOOD REPORT
A man must have manners in his actions, speech, and dress. The Scriptures themselves can be offensive enough without the man of God being offensive. How a man treats his neighbors, coworkers, acquaintances will show his true behaviour and report. When a man has earned a bad reputation (a truly earned one), he is disqualified as pastor. A man should not be a consistent hugger of the opposite sex. Does a man take liberties that a man in his position should not take? There are many warning signs, we need to check them out: 1 Corinthians 7:1, Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Proverbs 6:29, So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. Genesis 20:6, And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her. Ruth 2:9, Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn. Psalm 112:5, A good man ... will guide his affairs with discretion. The Ability to Avoid words, actions, and attitudes which will result in undesirable consequences. Proverbs 5:20, And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? This is a clear admonition to Do a background check by checking with neighbors & former places of employment (This is a must for folks that are considering a man they do not know)! This position MUST be held to higher standards to protect the flock and the children in the flock.
H. MUST NOT BE A NOVICE
This does not mean that he has to have previously been a lead pastor! But he must be proven as a leader. Although David the boy was not a “pastoral” candidate, he was a candidate for authority. He was the only true warrior and leader in the group including the people chosen King Saul. A leader must be proven: 1 Samuel 17:36, Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. This does not mean that he has to have a formal college education. None of the first pastors of the church did, and even Jesus wouldn’t meet that qualification. You can have a formal education, but it is NOT a qualification, experience is! Jesus had the traits a true leader needs, and that is a servant’s heart. If a man has not a servant’s heart even with knowledge of the Word of God, he is a novice, he hasn’t learned the first requirement of leadership: Luke 22:26, But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. 1 Peter 5:5, Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Age is not a sign of a novice. A young man with a family can meet these qualifications. The question is how godly is he, how much of the Word of God does he know and practice. How long has the person been saved, and how mature are they in their salvation. 1 Timothy 4:12, Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 2 Timothy 3:15, And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
I. Must be HUSBAND OF ONE WIFE-
a. Must be a HUSBAND
The gender clearly shows God’s command that the pastor must be a man. A lady cannot be the husband. It also clearly says that a pastor must be married not single.
1 Timothy 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
b. Must have one wife
Is there more than one God, no, what does God mean by one here? He means one.
Romans 3:30 Seeing it is one God,...
There are not three Gods that agree as one, it is one God that is three!
Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Romans 5:1 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men
to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
What does one mean in these verses? One man caused it, One man ended it. No other meaning. A pastor must not have been divorced and remarried. To do this according to Scripture is adultery
1 Corinthians 7:39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.
Luke 16:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
Divorce also breaks many of the other pastoral qualifications listed in the Scriptures. This also clearly does not by Scriptural implication mean a man cannot have a deceased spouse and then remarry and pastor. This is still one wife. A pastor cannot fully understand the love Christ has for His bride the church, if he has not had his own bride. This is not a concept a man that has always been single can fully understand. The Bible is clear on this and that is why the commandment is given. Some single men out of context use this verse:
1 Corinthians 7:7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
Paul was not dealing with men that have been called to the pastorate in this verse. Paul was an evangelist, traveling from place to place.
1 Corinthians 7:8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.
The context of this passage is to those that have lost a spouse for a reason, not to those that have not been married at all. These are they that have had the benefits of marriage but have now been taken away from those benefits. No Scripture can prove a pastor does not have to be married, the pastoral qualifications are too clear.
c. Must have CHILDREN IN SUBJECTION-
καλως pροισταμενον τεκνα
By clear implication a pastor must have or had children, and they must be or have been under his authority, they must have rules, and those rules must be enforced.
This is the proof that he can handle a much larger responsibility of counseling married families & their associated problems.
Timothy 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house,
how shall he take care of the church of God?)
He should take care of the church of God by RULE as the husband rules in a family.
This is not as an apathetic dictator but as a shepherd over the flock, a father over his family:
Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
The Bible here is clearly speaking of the role of the pastor. It cannot be the other elders of the church (deacons):
It was not the deacons job to rule, it was the missionary starting the church then the pastor pastoring the church.
Titus 1:5 For this cause left I thee (Pastor Titus) in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
A household does not have two heads, it has one. God is clearly delineating the role of the pastor, and how a church can only have one head pastor.
A man cannot qualify to rule the church if he does NOT have the RULE over his family.
Notice the child’s requirement (which is actually a PASTORS requirement!):
Titus 1:6 ... having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
Riot is excess without restraint. Unruly is life without rules. The idea here is not the child’s character, but how does the man deal with the child. Are there Biblical rules set down and enforced? A child cannot disqualify the pastor, a man’s actions in dealing with the child can disqualify a man from the pastorate.
2 Timothy 3:4 ... having his children in subjection with all gravity.