The most over used title among Christians is Pastor. It is the most recognized title, and is often used as a generic title for any minister. The term pastor means Shepherd.
The Bible tells us that we were given pastors, teachers, prophets, evangelists and apostles for the edification of the church.
Each of those has a specific scope of action that they are supposed to fulfil. We will deal first with Pastors.
Pastors have a smaller scope than most believe, but a much deaper ministry than they have been doing.
Jesus asked Peter to feed His sheep. He was being called into the ministry as a pastor. Peter walked in three ministerial walks. The first was disciple, the second was apostle, and the third was pastor. He was never Pope.
He was a disciple of Jesus until Jesus left the earth. The disciple is one who is trying to become like the master, not simply a student.
He became an apostle after Jesus ascended. An apostle is a position where he is earning what he needs to do while at the same time building new ministries, and filling in ministries where a place was not filled. It is also a leadership position.
He then found his role in leadership of the church and was a pastor. A pastor is the leader of the sheep without needing to be the head of the church.
Most people think that a pastor is a preacher and the leader of the church. This is sometimes what his position includes, but not neccessarily. This is definetly not all that his position entails.
A pastor is the man that when someone comes into the church he is responsible for them. His primary purpose is to get them into the family of God. He is also responsible for council and guidance. He is to feed in this way, making sure they are told the Word so they can grow. He is to heal hurts, and bind wounds. He can do this by comforting people with his words, or even as simple as a welcoming smile. He leads them to God who can do the healing they need. He is to act as a shepherd and to watch over the flock. He is to let them know when he sees them heading in an unsafe direction.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. We are to be like him. Pastors need to be undershepherds under Jesus.
Being a good preacher does not make you a good pastor. If you do not love the people you serve, you will be a bad pastor.