Characteristics Of An Effective Pastor Ephesians 4:11-12 Intro: In this passage of Scripture, we find the Apostle Paul listing for the church at Ephesus different roles of service that Jesus had established for the work of the local New Testament Church. Within this list is the role of pastor/teacher. Based upon the vote of this church on Sunday morning, March 31, 1996, this is the role that I am here to fill. What does it mean to speak of an individual as being a pastor? The word picture in the Greek that this word paints is that of a shepherd who leads a flock of sheep. He guides, protects, and provides for this flock; even at the expense of his own life if necessary. The task of a pastor of a local congregation of believers is no less crucial and demanding than that of a shepherd. It is a responsibility that can only be carried out with the Grace and strength of God. What is required in order for a pastor to be effective? What does it take for him to be a true shepherd? It is my belief that there are at least FIVE CHARACTERISTICS that a pastor must have in order to be effective. I believe all 5 can be found in the life of the great Apostle Paul. Let us examine these characteristics together. I. He Must Be A Man Of Confidence. A. In his salvation.(I know whom I have believed) B. In his calling. (Damascus road experience) C. In his placement. (Persecution he endured) II. He Must Be A Man Of Convictions. A. Concerning salvation. B. Concerning the Scriptures. C. Concerning the sanctuary. 1. Proper conduct. 2. Proper dress. III. He Must Be A Man Of Commitment. A. To God. B. To family. C. To church. IV. He Must Be A Man Of Compassion. A. Must love God. B. Must love family. C. Must love fellowman. 1. Saved. 2. Lost. D. Must love church. V. Must Be A Man Of Communication. A. The message of God's love. B. The message of God's judgement. Conclusion: Possessing and living by these characteristics is no easy task for any preacher. The devil desires to shipwreck each and every God called preacher/pastor who would have such characteristics. But, I truly believe it is possible. I also truly believe it is necessary if the church he pastor's is to make any gains for the Lord. Regardless of the programs, personnel, and possessions, a church MUST have such a pastor for her to go forward.