qualifications of a pastor?

maybe it is just me or I am missing the larger picture but I thought this points by Martin Luther were different as to what are indicators of a persons calling to the pastoral ministry:


Martin Luther, the 16th-century church reformer and theologian who helped spark the Protestant Reformation, listed eight qualities that a minister must have:

  • Able to teach systematically
  • Eloquence
  • A good voice
  • A good memory
  • Knows how to make an end
  • Sure of his doctrine
  • Willing to venture body and blood, wealth and honor in the work
  • Suffers himself to be mocked and jeered by everyone


I had trouble finding these things in Scripture and I do see that the blogger who posted this noted they are culturally affected points – but I think it indicates that even hundreds of years later we can relate to these points and still assert them in one fashion or another.  One point that could be added is that “he” has to know how to dress “cool” which is the patterned button down shirt, ragged jeans (or stylish ones) and the black pointy/pointed shoes, with a little boy style mowhawk or pointy hairdo, if not instead bald or shaved.   😉

3 responses to “qualifications of a pastor?

  1. I don’t think Moses would fit into these categories. However, I can easily see myself making such a list.

  2. Brian

    You write…
    “I had trouble finding these things in Scripture”

    IMO – Most of **Today’s** ”Pastoral Ministry” is NOT in scripture.
    Can someone be “Called” to something NOT in the scriptures? Hmmm?

    A while back, I started to notice, what I was taught as “truth” from
    the Scriptures about “Pastoral Ministry” was actually “traditions of men”
    that makes the Word of God of non effect. ( Mark 7:6-13 )

    For starters…

    When searching for what a “Pastor/Leader” does **Today**… in the Bible,
    I had a very rude awakening.

    I found…

    NO – Pastors – in Pulpits – Preaching – to People – in Pews.
    …… When folks come together, every one has a psalm, has a doctrine,
    …… has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. 1 Cor 14:26.
    …… Every one can and is expected to participate. Today we have pew potatoes.
    NO “disciple of Christ” “calling” another brethren – Pastor, or “My” Pastor.
    NO “disciple of Christ” “calling” them self – Pastor or Leader.
    ……”ALL” disciples called themselves “Servants of Christ.” Hmmm?
    NO “disciple of Christ” having the “Title”or “Position” – “Pastor/Leader.”
    …… Today that “Title” is written on – Diploma’s on walls, business cards,
    …… office doors, Sunday morning bulletin, street signs, and more.
    …… And everyone knows who the “Pastor/Leader” is. Why?
    …… Jesus, humbled Himself, made Himself of NO reputation,
    ……. took on the form of a “Servant.” Could that “Title” be an “Idol?”
    NO “disciple of Christ” “Exercising Authority” over another believer.
    …… I was taught; You submit to me, NOW, your “God Ordained Authority,”
    …… And, one day, when you’re a Pastor, people will submit to you. 😦
    ……. Power. Profit, and Prestige, is highly esteemed among men. Guilty. Oy Vey!
    NO – Pastors, separating themselves from the body, as “Clergy-class.”
    NO – Pastors counseling anyone.
    NO – Pastors marrying anyone.
    NO – Pastors burying anyone.
    NO – Pastors visiting the sick.
    NO – Pastors wearing special clothes.
    NO – Pastors going from one congregation to another. What’s up with that?
    …… Elders, plural, matured within the group, when, if, appointed, they were known.
    …… Pastor, Paid, Professional, is hired, NOT known.

    And the list goes on…
    You could probably think of a few yourself.

    IMO – Not of much of what we see **Today,** with “Pastors/leaders,”
    has any reference in scripture.

    Are there any congregations “Led” by a “Pastor/Reverand” in the Bible?
    Anyone with the “Title” and “Position” “Pastor/Reverand/Leader” in the Bible?

    History declares… “Christiandumb” is often a bloody sport. 😦

    When you challenge the “Traditions and Doctrines of men” in power.

    When those with “Titles” and “Position” see their “Power, Profit, and Prestige,
    being questioned and diminished by those who “want to be “Led” by the Spirit,
    by those who are challenged – **to follow Jesus.**

    Be blessed in your search for Truth… Jesus.

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