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As a minister of the community, the Pastor plays a vital role in guiding, counseling, and providing spiritual support to the members of the community. They are called to serve as a shepherd to their flock, offering comfort and guidance in times of need. The Pastor is not only responsible for leading worship services and delivering sermons, but they also provide pastoral care to individuals and families.

The Pastor as a Minister in the Community

One of the key responsibilities of a Pastor as a minister of the community is to visit the sick and pray for their healing. James 5:14-15 says, ‘Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.’ This verse emphasizes the importance of the Pastor’s role, as an elder in the faith community, in ministering to the physical and emotional needs of the community. Not only that the Pastor prays for the sick church members but to those who are in the community.

The Pastor as a Coach in the Community

The Pastor also serves as a coach to the community, providing guidance and support in various aspects of life. They offer counseling and advice to individuals, couples, and families, helping them navigate through challenges and make wise decisions. Proverbs 11:14 states, ‘For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.’ This verse highlights the significance of having a Pastor who can provide wise counsel to the community. Pastor’s connect with the community officials to offer his function as a coach to guide and ensure that the community walks in the way of holiness, justice, and love.

The Pastor as a Prophetic Representation

The Pastor also serves as a prophetic representation of God’s love and truth to the community. They are called to speak God’s word and encourage people to live according to His teachings. 2 Timothy 4:2 says, ‘Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.’ This verse emphasizes the role of the Pastor in proclaiming God’s truth and guiding the community towards righteousness. The pastor as a representative of prophetic message behave with courage and resilience, upholding the truth of God’s words, modeling the life and the works of Christ in everyway.

I hope this will help us see that pastors are called not only as a gift of God to the Church but also to the Community as a whole.

Be blessed.

By Roge Sison

An ordained clergy of The United Methodist Church.

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