LAST UPDATE 2/28/14 (Removed 4, 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)
FULL TIME PASTOR
GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH
423 VALLEY DR
SYRACUSE NY 13207
We are located in Central New York, in the city of Syracuse. We are a community of Bible-
Grace Baptist's priority is to bring Jesus Christ to the city of Syracuse, and our surrounding areas. Our passion is to continue supporting our many global missionaries with our prayers and finances.
We are praying for a Spirit-
If you believe God is leading you in our direction, please submit your resume, doctrinal statement and three references to Timothy Shumer, Chair of the Pulpit Committee, at email@example.com.
KINGS VALLEY CHAPEL
PO BOX 14
NEW VINEYARD ME 04956
196 SALEM RD
IN KINGFIELD ME
SS 9,SM 10
HERITAGE BAPTIST CHURCH
50 ST RITAS LANE
COHOES NY 12047
SS 10,SM 11,SN 6,W 7
We are looking for a part time Pastor to lead our congregation, that will hopefully grow into a full time position. We are conservative in all aspects of worship and service by using traditional hymns and the KJV version of the Bible. We are a missions minded church eager to be the light of truth in the Gardner area.
Contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH
7 CHURCH ST
GARDNER MA 01440
SS 10,SM 11,SN 6,W 7
CHURCH PLANTING HELP
A man, single or with family, to move with us to a city in the
OZARKS OF ARKANSAS
to help plant a traditional, conservative, New Testament Baptist Church. Must work a job, or have your own support for probably the first two years. Cannot be lazy. Must already be a soulwinner, grounded in doctrine. Must be a BAPTIST. Be ready to preach and teach. I am a Missionary/Church Planter. My wife and I are doing survey work now and planning to hold our first service in mid April.
I realize this is no ordinary need. If God moves you to call me, we can talk and pray together, and maybe meet.
Brother Ken Pennington, Missionary/Church Planter
email@example.com (870) 202-
NEEDS FULL TIME REFORMERS UNANIMOUS COORDINATOR
We are in the beginning of starting a live in facility for families that have addicitions. We are in need of a couple our Lord would burden to come to the Ozarks of Arkansas and oversee our Reformers Unamious ministry. The responsibilities would be to provide 24 hour accountability to the families that will be staying in the cottages, as well as overseeing Friday night R.U. meetings and Miracle Valley Crafts (the workplace for those in the program). Will also have the resposibility of overseeing the volunteers that it takes to operate the R.U. ministry.
Will be able to provide a nice home and utilites, as well as a partial salary. Will need to have additional income from other source for a period of time. 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, KJV 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
NEW FOUNTAINHEAD BAPTIST CHURCH
179 OLD PELHAM RD
BAINBRIDGE GA 39817
Call Chuck Carson (229) 726-
Send Resume to:
HERITAGE BAPTIST CHURCH
PO BOX 198
KNOX IN 46534
LANDMARK BAPTIST CHURCH
425 MAPLE ST
WALSENBURG CO 81089
Our building is owned free and clear. We use the King James Bible and traditional music. We are not Calvinist or Baptist briders, nor are we a 501(c)3 government church. We are a small congregation so outside support will be necessary or someone drawing retirement. Local Bi-
MADAWASKA GOSPEL CHURCH
125 25TH AVE
MADAWASKA ME 04756
Our pastor, of over ten years, has been called to a church in the south. The pastor we are seeking should have interpersonal and communication skills. As the spiritual leader of our congregation, we desire our pastor to have a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ, to be Biblically faithful and preach the Word of God, so those who have no hope may come to know the Only Hope. In addition, we as believers desire to be equipped and encouraged by our Pastor’s teaching to reach out to others with the Good News. Empowering members to use their gifts with holy boldness, involving them in the ministry, we desire a Pastor who will model and forecast Gods desire to use us to expand His Kingdom beyond our four walls. We seek a Pastor who will love and lead us in his roles of servant, supporter, advocate, and administrator. We desire authentic relationship with our Pastor and one another, as we serve God together and spread the love of Christ throughout our community via our services and ministries. The Madawaska Gospel Church is an established church of over 35 years and would have similarities to a Baptist background. The sanctuary seats approximately 150 people. The fellowship hall has a kitchen, nursery, and room for classes, activities, and shared meals. This is a multi-
Please send resume to:
#148, 26th Ave
Madawaska Maine 04756
CHURCH PLANTER/PASTOR NEEDED
INDEPENDENT BAPTIST FAMILY DESIRING A CHURCH PLANT
COUNCIL BLUFFS IA
Council Bluffs is approx. 75,000 people, a bedroom community of Omaha, NE and certainly a city that could use another independent Baptist Church. If you are interested in the possibility of starting a church in this city and with a family already committed to helping contact Pastor Shipman.
It is a bi-
GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH
300 E CHEROKEE
CLEVELAND OK 74020
NEW LIFE BAPTIST CHURCH
385 N OLD CANTON RD
MADISON MS 39110
NEEDS ASSISTANT/YOUTH PASTOR
An old fashioned Baptist Church that sings traditional songs. We are looking for someone to help with the music and the Young Adults.
Our former Assistant Pastor was here for 5 years and has been called to Pastor and leaves with a good record. The Church has a good spirit and this is a great opportunity.
PASTOR DENNIS WALKER
OPEN DOOR BAPTIST CHURCH
5097 HWY 98 W
SUMMIT MS 39666
CHRISTIAN SCHOOL FOR 1ST-
MINISTRY INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE
PASTOR JAMES UTTER
FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH
20 NORTH STACY AVE
MILES CITY MT 59301
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
NEEDED YOUTH/ASSOCIATE PASTOR
PASTOR DAVID J MOORE
KEYSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
E10003A TROUT RD
WISCONSIN DELLS WI 53965
This currently would be part time position. Duties would include starting a Wed. night kids club, ongoing youth program, witnessing, counseling, Pastoral support and assistance, regular monthly preaching opportunities. Please call 608-
BOARDING SCHOOL FOR AT-
We are a small IFB-
We need help with secretarial duties, tutoring, grounds maintenance, supervision of chores and recreational activities, etc. We would prefer an individual or a married couple who would be flexible and be willing to help out in whatever areas are needed. Due to our location, it is best for staff members to live on the property. Full-
PRINCIPAL JR THOMPSON
BLUE CREEK ACADEMY
A MINISTRY OF BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH OF BELVA, WV
PO BOX 67
BELVA WV 26656
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
10955 N LAKE ST
PAVILION NY 14525
PAVILION BAPTIST SCHOOL
NEEDS YOUTH PASTOR
We are a small congregation, but growing. I am praying that God would send us a young couple take over the youth department. We are not able to pay anyone at this time, however the opportunity here for the right person. Look forward to hearing from you.
PASTOR SHAWN CUTHBERTSON
LIBERTY BAPTIST CHURCH
8454 HWY 79 S
PINE BLUFF AR 71603
MACEDONIAN CALL: CHURCH PLANTER NEEDED
We are in need of Independant Baptist Churches
that preach KJB and sing the old hymns.
I have found only one and it's so crowded there
isn't enough room for our family. We need
a good church planting pastor. There a more families
besides mine looking for a church.
NEEDS ELEMENTARY TEACHER
Christian school seeking organized teacher and motivator with a desire to change lives. School is fully accredited by ACSI from preschool through sixth grade. Applicant should have a Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or certification as a teacher. Consideration will be made if the graduating college is recognized by ACSI. Additional coursework will be required. Salary range $25,000-
PASTOR DR MICHAEL STODDARD
NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH
111 ASH ST
EAST HARTFORD CT 06108
YOUTH PASTOR NEEDED
Couple needed to build a strong youth ministry for a new Church Plant! We are about 5 months old and the Lord has blessed us with about 20 in service on Sunday and the youth at our Church is growing! We are really starting to fill up our Church fast and we are in need of a couple to work to take it to the next level! This is a bi-
SOLID ROCK INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH
3213 NW 47TH ST
OKLAHOMA CITY OK 73112
6441 N. MARTIN LUTHER KING AVE
OKLAHOMA CITY OK 73111
NEEDS MISSIONARY PASTOR
GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH
CHURCH OAK BANK
ANDOVER, HAMPSHIRE SP10 SBX
SM 11,SS 6,SN 630, TH 730
FAMILY BAPTIST CHURCH
PO BOX 20071
BARRIGADA, GU 96921
SS 9,SM 10,SN 5,W 7
(formerly BIBLE BC)
NEEDS SCHOOL TEACHER
NEEDS MUSIC/YOUTH PASTOR
We have a small Christian school at our church and are in need of another teacher. We are currently using the ABeka DVD school system. Being a small school, we are looking for someone that has educational experience in handling the classroom, but that can also deal with the multi-
If I had a choice, my ideal teacher for our present need would be someone who may be recently retired that had been involved in teaching for a longer period of time, possibly in a larger school. Maybe they retired because of the fast paced nature of larger schools, but might still have the energy and a desire to educate and influence children. Potentially they would consider a smaller, much more relaxed setting that would allow them to continue teaching. This doesn’t mean this is the only type of person we would consider, but just a possibility.
The need is immediate, so the potential could be to start quickly or maybe even at the first of the new year.
We also have a good job market here for a spouse that might need employment. Like any other school, we not only want the right person for the job, we also want a person that is good at what they do! They are educating and influencing our children.
We also have need of a youth/music pastor, but are not currently able to pay a full time salary.
PASTOR STEPHEN HENDERSON
HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH
2615 FARM BUREAU RD
MANHATTAN, KS 66502
MEETING INSIDE THE MIDTOWN PLAZA
NEEDED SONG LEADER/YOUTH LEADER
This (or these) is a not fulltime position (s). We are a new church (LESS THAN A YEAR OLD) currently running 40-
We use traditional music in our services. We need both a song leader and a youth worker.
They could be the same person or two different people. If interested contact:
PASTOR DEL ROGERS
CHAMPION BAPTIST CHURCH
1420 S NARCOOSSEE RD
ST CLOUD, FL 34771
SS 10, SM 11, SN 6, W 7
SPANISH SPEAKING PASTOR NEEDED
PASTOR CLIFFORD W MIDDLEBROOKS
BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH
GOODLAND, KS 67735
We need a man (called of God to pastor) who would be willing to start a Spanish speaking church here.
Prefer a Latino, must be willing to work a job while building the church. We already have a building here (in the English speaking church).
Contact: Clifford Middlebrooks (Pastor, Bible Baptist Church) 785-
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.