Will all the pastor-teacher please stand up? Now everyone else, take a seat and listen.
In this post, Miguel is asking about the gift of “pastoring-teaching” as listed among the other gifted individuals in Ephesians 4:11.
His post, mainly questions, is centered around the following very important question: “If you necessarily connect the Ephesians 4 giftings of Pastor and teacher then aren’t you assuming that one who shepherds can also teach and vice versa?”
I think that grammatically Paul connects the gift of sherpherding and the gift of teaching in that verse, but I do not think that he was equating the two. Of course, as one commenter has already pointed out, the primary problem today is not the way Paul connects or does not connect shepherding and teaching, but the way the giftings are then associated with “offices” and authority within the church.
So, what do you think? What is the relationship between the gift of shepherding and the gift of pastoring in Ephesians 4:11 and among the church?