In Ephesians 4:11 Paul listed and described some roles within the church. He wrote,” And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers..” (HCSB). I was reading over this passage this morning and happened to check the comments at the bottom of the page. This is what it said:
“Pastors do all for the church that a literal shepherd does for the sheep: feeds, nurtures, cares for, and protects from enemies. A shepherd’s task is not to acquire sheep. However, if a shepherd does what he is supposed to do, he will have healthy sheep and his flock will grow.”
Really? A pastor’s job is not to acquire additional sheep, but instead is to nuture his congregation so they grow to be healthy? And that by being healthy they will, automatically, grow?