pastor is latin for shepherd. many grew up referring to the person with the primary leadership responsibilities for the group of Jesus followers that they shared the journey with as â€œpastorâ€. even today you hear many people say things like â€œmy pastor gave a great message on sundayâ€. do they realize they are saying â€œmy shepherd gave a great message on sundayâ€? if they did, would they think twice about it.
Have you thought about this? Pastor means shepherd. Are you willing to say that another person is your shepherd?
It is true that “pastor” or “shepherd” is listed among the gifted individuals in Ephesians 4:11, along with apostles, prophets, and evangelists. But, besides this one reference, “shepherd” or “pastor” is always used of humans in the verbal form. Unless… and this is a big “unless”… the noun is being used to refer to Jesus himself. Jesus is referred to by Scripture as our shepherd (John 10:16), good shepherd (John 10:14), pastor and overseer (1 Peter 2:25), and even Senior Pastor (1 Peter 5:4).
So, who is your pastor?