The Ministry of the Fivefold Pastor – Part Three

A true fivefold pastor carries a father’s heart and, therefore, has a desire to see people released in their spiritual gifts. He believes in everyone because they have been created in God’s image and God created them with tremendous potential. A fivefold pastor works at tapping into that potential, harnessing the gifts and callings, and releasing every person into a meaningful ministry. Fivefold pastors take into consideration where people have come from and encourage people to go higher and farther in God. “You can do it” is their battle cry.

True fivefold pastors are not threatened by others who have the same spiritual gift or even a greater measure of grace. Instead, as spiritual fathers they have a genuine desire to witness the Body of Christ becoming mature. They desire others to go far beyond them in experience and anointing. They think in terms of, “How can I see this individual grow and excel in the Lord? What does this body (church) need to move forward in God? What can be done to see more people involved in ministry?”

A fivefold pastor carries the genuine God-given desire to bring healing to the flock. They have a heart to see people healed so that the Body of Christ can reach maturity. His desire and heart’s cry is to see people be all that they can be in Christ and for them to reach their full potential in God.

A fivefold pastor will not rule (see Romans 12:4-6 for motivational gifts) by lording it over others but in humility lift the people before the Lord. A fivefold pastor must have the heart of a servant, and he looks for those with a servant’s heart to train in pastoral ministry so that the body can minister to the body. This “pastoral gift” is seen in 1 Thessalonians 2:6-12:

“Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil:we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.”

Notice the parenting language that Paul uses here. He behaved as a father to those whom the Lord entrusted into his care.



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