functioning pastor

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The function of caring for the needs of others by tending, feeding, and teaching.


One is a pastor-teacher when one is actually pastoring and teaching. When these activities are not in operation, the person is none of these. To make the point clear: when Jane or Jim, who has the title of pastor is home at night sleeping, s/he is not a pastor, s/he is a sleeper. A person is what they are when they are functioning as conduits of a gracelet of the Spirit.


(Winn Griffin. Gracelets. Harmon Press. 213.)


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Jesus Followers


There are many synonyms to use for the word believer, which is the most common word for a person who has "converted" to follow Jesus. I have chosen "Jesus follower(s) or follower(s) of Jesus instead of the word believer in these presentations to allow the reader an opportunity to move away from the idea of believer which conjures up the possible thought of "ascent" to a set of doctrines that have been assembled by different groups over the centuries and show up in this day and age as a set of statements posted on web sites and other written material. These sets of beliefs are suggested by many as the ones that one should ascent to so that upon death the one who assents can go to heaven, i.e., just believe and you are good to go. Jesus followers/followers of Jesus suggest an action that one should take. Remember, Jesus told his disciples to follow him. Yes, belief is important, but one must move beyond belief to action.


(See "Discipleship" Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. 182-188.)