What should be the main priorities for the pastor to shepherd the flock?

I preached this morning at the One8 Pastor’s boot camp on the top 10 biblical priorities for every pastor when shepherding the flock.  Keep in mind these are the priorities of every pastor that focus on the care for souls in our charge in our local church.  This means being an evangelist, taking heed to ourselves, and shepherding the souls of our wife and children are all not on there, but are clearly commanded to be a priority in the pastor’s life.

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 5:2).”   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).  They are…

1)      Guard the truth (1 Tim 4.6-7, 16; 6.20-21; 2 Tim 1.13-14; 2.1-2)

2)      Preach and teach the Word (1 Tim 4:13; 2 Tim. 4:2; Acts 6.2)

3)      Pray for the flock (Eph. 6:18-20, 1 Thess. 5:17; Acts 6.2)

4)      Set an example (1 Tim 4.12; 1 Pt 5.3 cf. 1 Cor 11.1)

5)      Visit the sick (James 5:14, Matt. 25:31-40)

6)      Comfort the grieving (1 Thess. 4:13-17, John 11)

7)      Care for widows (1 Tim. 5:3, Acts 6:1-7)

8)      Confront sin (1 Cor. 5, Matt. 18, 1 Thess. 3, Titus 3)

9)      Encourage the faint-hearted (1 Thess. 5:14, Rom. 14:1)

10)    Identify and train other leaders (Acts 6:1-7, 13:1-3; 2 Tim 2.2)

The top 3 are there because without the truth being guarded and preached, we have nothing.  I assume no one would dispute prayer for the flock filling in the top 3.  Another observation to make is that the last 3 are the ones hardest to prioritize because they are the tasks that have little immediate fruit or reward.

Thoughts?

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One comment on “What should be the main priorities for the pastor to shepherd the flock?
  1. Chris Poteet says:

    Thanks for this.

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