Many Protestant and non-denominational Christian churches hire pastors to lead their congregations. So the question is, how do you become pastor? Some believe that you receive a calling from God to lead and shepherd God’s people but are unsure of what to do next. Becoming a pastor, sometimes known as a minister, comes with many challenges, but with it also many rewards. Knowing the path that’s charted ahead of you will be helpful for you to move forward and to continue your growth in your faith.
Here are a few things to consider before becoming a pastor:
The Role of the Pastor
Scripture should be our main source of wisdom and discernment especially when it comes to the role of a pastor in the church. In 1 Timothy 3:1 the apostle Paul writes, “'This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honorable position.” Upon leading the church, there are many things to do as a pastor, roles to fulfill, jobs to accomplish, the list can seem endless. The pastor influences a great amount of people with weekly preaching from the Bible. He needs to know how to lead a congregation in such a way that glorifies God, reaches the lost and edifies the believers… all at the same time. Pastors also visit the sick, marry couples who are in love, bury the dead, assist with worship, plus more. Pastors also plan for the future of the church, working with other community leaders and attending to the business of the church.
Getting it All Done
With that all mentioned, we must question, how does the pastor know what to do and to get all this done? This is where pastoral ministry degrees are essential. Numerous bible colleges and seminaries offer resolutions and practical training in becoming a pastor. Foundational courses like Old and New Testament classes, doctrine, and evangelism help you to gain a more solid foundation in your faith. More focused courses like leadership, preaching, and other necessary pastoral ministry courses help you to gain the skills needed for becoming an effective pastor. Pastors must have a deep familiarity with the Bible and must have sound doctrine in order to pastor and lead well.