Is the role of a pastor to preach? Well tradition says it is.
But what does the Bible teach about a pastor’s role? Check out Ephesians 4:11-12: “He (Christ) personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints (ordinary Christ-followers) in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ.”
Now I don’t mean to be an agitator, but it looks to me like the Bible teaches that a pastor should be a facilitator — a guide on the side, not a sage on a stage. My conjecture is that biblically a pastor’s job is not to lecture but to be a living lecture–a living demonstration of humility and considering others better than yourself. (See Philippians 2:3.)
It seems to me that according to this verse, the role of a pastor (and other church leaders) is not to preach week after week, but to create a worship environment where there is freedom for ordinary people to get hands on training and practical experience ministering to one another and building one another up.
What do you think?