Pastoral Leadership: The Paul Model For Pastoral Leadership
He knew what pleased God and God had given him supernatural insight and understanding of what the kingdom of God should look like in earth. Unity and harmony among the church is essential to the growth or the church. If the church would unity with a purpose of Glorifying God there is no limit to what we can do. Paul’s pastoral agenda is first evident when he explains the cause of his thanksgiving. In recalling that he prays for the Philippians often and that he does so with joy he introduces a dominant theme in the letter. Their “partnership (koinonia) in the gospel from the first day until now” is the object of Paul’s joy and the source of his thanksgiving. As one whose task is “the defense and confirmation of the gospel” Paul does not stand alone. This partnership includes not only the gifts that the Philippians have sent but also their participation in his tribulations their prayers for him, and the partnership of love that unites the community. Paul’s sees his relationship with the body of believes as a partnership both working to share the gospel and live it out as a community of convent believes. Pastoral leadership should be community not hierarchy. The church understood Paul was their leader his willingness to suffer for the cause of Christ made them pray for him and share with him God’s grace. The koinonia is the distinguishing feature of friendship. Friends share all things and are “one soul” looking …show more content…
Love and willingness to deny self is the central calling for believers. Paul knows what selflessness look like he learned from Jesus and Paul taught this to the church, this type of teaching goes against culture and sinful desires.
Paul is the model of transformation. As he shares the sufferings of Christ, he denies himself for the sake of his communities and is empowered by the resurrection (Phil.3:10), offering an example of the transformed behavior that he expects of his congregation. The success or failure of the communities to be transformed determines whether he has run in vain.
Paul very life is a picture of what the gospel can do in the life of a believer. As a pastor Paul’s life and love for the church is a great model for us. The letter he writes to is a clears picture of what God is calling us to do. Ministry is not easy but we have a guide and the power of the Holy Spirit to lead us and empower us to do all that God has called us to