A Pastor's Purpose
You may wonder what is the purpose of having a pastor. In the Bible, a “pastor” is not mentioned but elders are discussed. As modern day pastors, elders were called to preach and teach. 1 Timothy 5:17 (ESV): states “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. This calling shows the two main purposes of a pastor: being the shepherd by providing personal spiritual care of the members of the church and being the teacher by publically explaining the Word of God and its application to the lives of the hearers.
The Bible gives the purpose of having a shepherd-teacher as the ability “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). A pastor has the responsibility to build up the Body of Christ while at the same time encouraging and training all the members to use their spiritual gifts in ministry, both inside and outside the church.
In many churches, members celebrate their pastors to show their appreciation for all they do. On September 20th, 2020, Red Oak United Methodist Church will honor its pastor, Reverend Belinda McCastle and acknowledge her purpose at Red Oak United Methodist Church. Without ordained leadership, a church would be incomplete as Paul writes to Titus: “The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town” (Titus 1:5). Ultimately, Red Oak United Methodist Church would not be the same without the work of our pastor. We would like to invite you to visit her biography to learn more about this Woman of God and to listen as she so spiritedly delivers the Word of God.