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What a concept--Shepherding Pastors

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The Gospel Coalition has released another video discussion. In this video Mike Horton leads a discussion with Tim Keller and Matt Chandler concerning the ministry of the church in their shepherding of the sheep.

People Want a Pastor from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

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  • Guest - Josh

    Man you guys are so like right, but instead of Shepherds we are getting the CEO of a corporation called "Whatever Family Church" and if you check on any of the "Church" info, webpage, FB, Blogs all you see are his name and his wife and then pictures of the Royal family, no other Pastors or people get a showing, and why is that? Oh! I'm glad you asked you see this is MY ministry and I'm handing it to MY SON, wow what have we done to God's Church and His Kingdom??

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  • Guest - Grant

    I am curious to find out Dr. Horton's view on the gift of teacher as being distinguished from pastors and their role within the church. From reading the Institutes, Calvin presents teaching as separate from pastoring. Though they both preach, they quickly diverge, at least in Calvin's eyes, to fulfill different roles within the church.
    I believe that I am gifted as a teacher but not as a pastor, and have really been wrestling with what other areas this gifting should lead into that would be different than what a pastor would do.

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  • Guest - Michael Horton

    Yes, Calvin’s 4-office view (pastor, teacher, elder, deacon) didn’t quite get off the ground, at least in Reformed/Presbyterian church orders. In Presbyterian polity, pastors are teaching elders (distinguished from ruling elders). Rather than add another office (teacher), I’d suggest that someone who is called to a formal office of teacher in the church should be a minister/teaching elder, delegated to a specific teaching rather than pastoral/preaching ministry. (I’m not talking about those who volunteer to teach occasionally for different groups/ages in the church. However, even these teachers, if not elders, should be clearly accountable to the elders, which means that the elders need to have first-hand knowledge of what’s being taught.)

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