Some people rate a pastor as "good" (or better) because he's a great preacher. We've had a couple of good-to-great preacher pastors that also lacked warmth, compassion and personal discipleship among his congregation. Others say a "good" pastor is someone who listens and cares. But what if he doesn't feed the flock of God? We've seen a host of these also. Many are impressed with crowd-drawing men. Personal charisma, impressive styles, etc. that draw a host. Plenty of cults are manned with people like this; so that can't go far. Looking at the epistles to Timothy, Titus and other places where eldership (pastoral ministry) is fully explored, we note these things: 1. A fervent love for Christ & His Word. Coupled with this--and proof of it!!--a godly personal life. 2. A godly wife; a house in order. He ministers to his "first flock" (his family) first and doesn't let them go wanting for love, attention & discipline. 3. A self-controlled, humble man. A man in whom the fruits of the Spirit are blossoming. 4. A man trustworthy with teaching & preaching of the Word; giving it clearly, understandably & truly. 5. A man of compassion towards God's sheep; who is willing to "be there" for them. If they are sick he visits them & prays for them. If they are disobedient, he loves them, prays for them & tries to reconcile them to Christ. If they are weary, he comes alongside of them & encourages them. If they are new to the faith, he disciples them. 6. A man who isn't jealous over his ministry. He looks to strengthen the faith of other men in the church, seeking whom God would bring into eldership also. He gives support to "the priesthood of the believer" by giving opportunity to all to minister one to another, and to the lost. Well, there's 6 from PreacherDave & I. How about adding to the list?! Or, give us testimony of how God has used you or your pastor to exemplify the shepherding heart of Jesus?!