The pastor, called as a servant leader of the church, is commissioned by the Conference Committee to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and serves the church as its spiritual leader.
The nature and role of the pastor is determined by our understanding of the nature and mission of the church. The church is a worshipping, praying, witnessing, proclaiming, enabling, loving, serving, discipling and confessing community of believers sent into the world to represent Christ. The ministry of the church is the responsibility of every member of the body of the church. Pastors are called both to perform their ministries of soulwinning and shepherding the flock of Christ, and to enable and encourage the other members of Christ's body to fulfill their ministries and exercise the spiritual gifts imparted to them. The pastor works in harmony with the objectives, plans and policies of the conference, the church(es) and church board(s) he serves. Where the pastor serves in a multiple staff church he is referred to as the senior pastor and where a ministerial intern is on the staff the relationship with the intern is that of being the supervisory pastor.
1. Member of the following committees:
Board of elders
Conference constituency meeting
Union constituency session as outlined in N.P.U.C. constitution
Board of deacons
Board of deaconesses
Personal ministries council
2. Advisor to the following committees/ groups:
Sabbath School council
3. Chairman of the church in business session
A. Bible studies with non-members of the church
B. Work with the personal ministries council in encouraging lay community involvement in:
lngathering and follow-up
The caring and sharing ministry
Home Bible studies
C. Encourage and plan public evangelistic meetings
Held by lay members
Held by guest evangelists
Held by pastor
D. Work with personal ministries leaders and health /temperance secretary in seminars such as
Stop smoking clinics
Stress Management, etc.
E. Work with communications secretary in promoting the church in the public media
5. Preacher/ Pastor
Take time for daily personal Bible study, spiritual growth and physical exercise.
Plan for a day off each week.
Provide for some time with the family each day.
Take yearly vacations
B. Preparation of sermons Sabbath Midweek
C. Officiate in:
Dedication of children
A. Visiting church members
Know spiritual condition of each member
Sick (Coordinate with first elder, General Sabbath School Superintendent, head deacon and head deaconess regarding sick and discouraged)
B. Counseling and guidance
7. Promoter (work with specific area leader in promoting)
A. Conference and church objectives
Any program determined for area by conference administration and /or local church to be emphasized especially by the pastor
B. Advisor of various church ministries
C. Periodical campaigns
D. Church school
E. Sabbath School
F. Church newsletter
The pastor is responsible to the church(es) he serves in leading out in fulfilling the objectives, plans and policies of the church through its board or church business sessions and is directly responsible to the conference president, secretary, treasurer and ultimately to the Conference Executive Committee.