Wouldn’t it be great if God told us for sure what made a good pastor?
In some churches it’s all about how many people attend or the size of the annual budget. Some groups believe that the more education the pastor has, the better he is as a minister, while others say that the less education he has, the better he will be. There are people who look for entertainment, bedside manner, or friendship from the pastor. In the denomination I grew up in, one of the signs of a good pastor was whether or not he could sing and play a musical instrument.
Would it surprise you to learn that God actually explains what makes a good minister of Jesus Christ? (1 Timothy 4:6).
God’s description of a good minister is rather simple: If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed (1 Timothy 4:6).
The good minister of Jesus Christ is the one who knows the Bible and its doctrines and teaches these truths to his congregation.
O how what appeals to our flesh falls so short of God’s delight.