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Am I a Pastor or a Principal?

Ephesians 4:11 describes the many aspects of ministry. Even so, God didn’t merely issue rules and regulations, but He also desired relationship with His people. For this reason, Jesus, the Word, became flesh and dwelt among us. As such, my eyes are fixed on Jesus, pastor-principal par excellence, that in time, I too may grow to minister as He did, “full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

As with all aspects of growth, this will not happen overnight nor by my own strength but only by God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit. In the meantime, I appreciate all prayers and encouragements that I may be faithful to fulfil the ministry as pastor-principal alongside apostles, prophets, and evangelists: To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Eph. 4:12–13

So, what are the characteristics and qualities of a pastor? The pastor assures that sound teachings and doctrine take place with and for the people of God. The four roles of a pastor are spiritual leader, instructional leader, administrator, and communicator—important ministries of leading God’s people.

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The pastor:

Pastor as Instructional Leader

The pastor:

Pastor as Administrator

The pastor:

Pastor as Communicator

The pastor:

So, what are the roles and characteristics of a principal or administrator? The principal ensures the effective operation of a Lutheran education program by providing leadership to a Lutheran school.

principalPrincipal as Spiritual Leader

The principal:

Principal as Instructional Leader

The principal:

Principal as Administrator

The principal:

Principal as Communicator

The principal:

In short, am I a pastor or a principal? Yes, and both complement each other as well as go hand-in-hand with one another. Thank God for faithful pastors and principals.

Rev. Keith GeRue is pastor and principal at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Menasha, Wis. He also serves as an Army c haplain for the 452nd Combat Support Hospital in Wisconsin.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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