Last week we looked at God’s plan for leadership in the Body of Messiah. And we saw that Jesus’ ideas about leadership are completely different than the world’s ideas about leadership. In fact, Jesus’ plan for leadership in the Body of Messiah is just the opposite of the world’s way of leading. He said that to be a leader in the Body of Messiah, you must be a servant; and to be the first, you must be a slave to all the others. Since he, the Lord, acted this way, there is none of us that is above being a servant, because none of us is above Jesus.
We got into this topic by talking about God’s plan for leadership in the local church. So far, we’ve seen that of the five ministry gifts, pastors and teachers were local ministries, while the others were usually travelling ministries.
We also saw that there was no single pastor in Bible days like there is in so many churches today. Rather, the word “pastor” was used to refer to the elders, of which there were several in each church. These elders were involved in teaching, since one of the requirements for being an elder was being “able to teach” (1 Tim. 3:2). But not all the elders were equally involved in teaching and preaching.