In this series of sermons on spiritual gifts, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, preaches on the gift of pastoring. Here are some excerpts:

“…[There is a notion that] still persists in some circles, namely, that the pastor is hired by the congregation to do most of the work of the church. And the better the pastor, the more the people of the church can relax and become spectators…”

The Meaning of the Word “Pastor”

“…Now the word “pastor” in current vocabulary signifies the person who is called to be the leader of a local congregation. He is also called the “minister” or the “preacher…”

The Definition of the Gift of Pastoring

“Let me define for you what I believe the pastoral gift is: the gift of pastor is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to assume a long-term personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of another believer or group of believers…”

“I think it is helpful to distinguish clearly between the office of pastor and the gift of pastor… Most of those we call “pastors” in America are people occupying the office of pastor. They have a staff position in the church. The pastor of a congregation is the person responsible under Jesus, Who…” is the Chief Shepherd, for preaching and teaching the Word, feeding the souls of the people,…”

“Perhaps more Christians possess the shepherding gift than we realize. I am convinced that if more Christians would guide, feed and guard fellow believers, the Church would experience a sweeping revival…”


The Gift of Pastoring. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

June 12, 1988

Ephesians 4:11

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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