Bible Terms

Bible Term: Pastor

The word pastor only occurs once in the Bible (in the NIV version).

It appears in Paul’s teaching about what many call the 5-fold ministry in Ephesians 4:11-13.

The role of a pastor is to equip God’s people to serve others and build up the church. This is far different then how most people think of pastor today.

Compare to minister.

By Peter DeHaan

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