Generally, yes, evangelical pastors today struggle with the same set of divine and human expectations, aspirations, ambitions, and temptations as did those Gregory addressed in the sixth century.
Several passages should be pasted to the desk of every seminarian, such as the prologue’s warning to those who are “covetous of teaching what they have not learned; who estimate lightly the burden of authority in proportion as they are ignorant of the pressure of its greatness.” Then, as today, some know just enough to be dangerous, and in the same vein,
Also unrelated to culture, is the calling of God to ministry. Then as today, those who are God-called are those who respond to Him in humility, whether borne of a volunteer spirit of love for one’s neighbor or under compulsion from love of the Savior, what
One cultural concern that works well in Western culture but does not have the same effect in the non-Western Majority World is the Greco-Roman dichotomous thought pattern which
Outline of The Pastoral Rule (
1. Prologue: Exploration of four areas of pastoral work, viz., how one should become a shepherd, the life of a pastor, his teaching, and his cultivation of humility.
2. Warnings to Presumptives:
3. Warnings regarding Pastoral Work:
- 1.3: The dangerous privileges of leadership.
- 1.4: The distractions of leadership in doing too much.
- 1.5: Those who will not serve though called to ministry.
- 1.6: Those who consent to leadership through humility that is obedient to the Lord’s calling.
- 1.7: Some volunteer out of love for their neighbor. Some are compelled to leadership by their love for God.
- 1.8: Some use Scripture to cover their covetous desire for leadership.
- 1.9: The motivation to pastoral work for some is a self-serving self-deception of the heart.
- 1.10: Qualifications for leadership.
- 1.11: Disqualifying factors.
4. Responsibilities of Pastoral Work:
- 2.1:A pastor’s conduct.
- 2.2: A pastor’s thought life.
- 2.3: A pastor’s life example.
- 2.4: A pastor’s tongue.
- 2.5: A pastor’s caregiving and confidence.
- 2.6: The pastor as a people person and disciplinarian of sin. The danger of pastoral pride. The need of humility in discipline of sinners. The danger of a domineering and being lax with the flock.
5. The Dichotomy of Pastoral Work:
- 2.11: The pastor as a man of the Word.
The pastor's need for humility