The amount of tasks for the shepherd within the local church to get accomplished can be overwhelming to say the least. Often times a pastor’s discernment on what to prioritize gets clouded in the frenzy of activity and the demands of certain people and circumstances. In focusing on the shepherd’s ministry in the local church at the upcoming The Call Leadership Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland on February 25th, my intent is to give a “top10” of the clear, biblical, and pastoral priorities in command form that should dictate to what we give our attention as pastors and leaders and to whom should receive it.
The hope is that those who are called and in positions to shepherd God’s people will be freed from the bondage of that which demands a shepherd’s time, effort, and resources, but needs to be pushed to the side for the sake of more directly caring for the sheep more faithfully.
The umbrella to which these top 10 priorities all fit come from the direct command to God’s shepherds to “Shepherd the flock of God among you (1 Peter 4:2).” The shepherds are to watch over the flock as one who will give an account (Heb. 13:17) until the Chief Shepherd appears (1 Peter 5:4).
I have been formulating this top 10 for some time now and have no intention to reveal it before the conference. However, I do think it would be a good exercise for every pastor to evaluate what would be your “top 10” priorities for your pastoral ministry. To start the discussion, I will give my first 2, and you try to fill in the rest in the comment section. I will post the rest of mine at the conclusion of the conference.
1) Guard the truth (1 Tim. 4:6-7, 16; 6:20-21; 2 Tim. 1:13; 2:1-2, 15)
2) Preach and teach the Word (1 Tim 4:13; 2 Tim: 4:2; Acts 6:2)
Pastors, how would you fill in the blanks? Make sure you have biblical support for each one. I welcome your thoughts.