It’s been a while, but it’s time to start up with the idea of the pastor and his job.
Paul’s instruction to Timothy and Titus is, obviously, solid foundational material for how to pastor 101. However, there is a massive presupposition in play that is overlooked very easily in this pastoral context.
What is that presupposition?
Let’s jog our memory. Paul is the author. Paul is from the church at Antioch. The church at Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas at the Spirit’s behest on the missionary journeys. Paul is planting churches on these journeys. Timothy is pastoring the church at Ephesus that Paul planted. Titus is pastoring the church in Crete. Paul is visiting the churches he has planted. Paul reminds Timothy of this truth in the context of how to pastor the church in Ephesus.Paul is teaching them to do what he has been doing from Antioch which is…
Here are some more hints: Ephesians 2:11-22, 1 Timothy 1:15, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, 1 Timothy 3:16, 1 Timothy 4:10
All people, all nations, unity with all followers of Christ from the nations, one body made up of people from various backgrounds. Do you get it?
Here is the forgotten presupposition: the local church has a global zeal with the Gospel because the God of the Gospel has a global zeal!
It is the local church engaging the global from it’s local roots leading it’s local resources to advance the Gospel message to the ends of the earth.
Local pastoral ministry fails automatically if it has no global impact being made by it’s local ministry. To merely lead people to do better ministry for each other and maybe preach the Gospel to more locals is not the totality of pastoral ministry. Pastoral ministry must be local, doing all the things Paul tells Timothy and Titus to do, along with the reality that this stuff is supposed to be engaged with the globe. Local ministry disengaged from the globe is no longer pastoral ministry, but maintenance of status quo comfort.
Remember, Paul is planting these churches and appointing their elders and reminding them of how they are to shepherd these people where they are under the context of “go, make disciples of every nation” from this group of Jesus lovers. This is why the passages above have that “all” “every” “nations” feel. The local is to go global.
Pastoral ministry must presuppose the local is intended to go global, and not in a check sent to an agency, but with our own flesh and blood.