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What are the Qualifications for a Pastor?

What are the qualifications for a pastor? Well, first of all, a pastor must be a man. Right before God gives the requirements in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, the Spirit says, "I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet."

The list of qualifications that follows describes a godly man. "An overseer must be above reproach," meaning that he must walk in holiness and without blame. "The husband of one wife," or a one-woman man.

He must be "sober-minded." Another word for this is "temperate," or not given over to wild ideas. He must be "self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach," which is the one skill that a pastor must exhibit. Titus 1:9 says, "He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and rebuke those who contradict it."

He must not be a "drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrel…

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