A Jagged Contention: The Duties of Pastors

“In the first place, Noah filled the office of bishop; and because he had been plagued by various temptations, it was his foremost concern to oppose the devil and comfort the tempted, to restore the erring, to give confidence to the wavering, to encourage the despairing, to shut out the impenitent from his church, and to receive back the penitent with fatherly joy. These are almost the same duties that must be performed by a bishop through the ministry of the Word.”

– Martin Luther on the duties of Noah after the flood. Luther’s Works, vol. 2, pg 165


By reading into the story of Noah, Luther speaks to the primary role of pastors in the church. Are there other duties pastors should concern themselves with? What are they? What happens when we grow distracted by other seemingly necessary demands?

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  1. I am not a pastor, but I would just add one recommendation. First, we know ordinarily the pastor is already busy, and has his own family issues and a full plate with preaching the word and church administration. However, I think I would suggest getting to know more members of the congregation individually, not just those involved in ministries and the choir, but perhaps the less noticed members, the quiet and shy types, the faithful who are usually in the shadows, less outspoken, but fairly regular attendees. By attempting to personally get to know people individually, as Jesus did, one on one, it increases fellowship and might even encourage the shy ones to participate more, and feel welcome. Many people are insecure, but when asked to help the church or volunteer…they will rise to the occasion. This is not to add another “must do” to the pastor’s list of responsibilities, but it seems to me that the ministry is about people…..bringing them to faith, encouraging them in their walk, being a good listener. The Good Shepherd is a wonderful pastoral example.

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