What Are ‘Pastors’?

What is the ministry gift of “Pastors”? (Ephesians 4:11)

Some believe the term is probably synonymous with “elders”, “bishop”, “presbytery” and “governments”.

Or are “Pastors” a leading office over elders?

Others believe “Pastors”, like each of the other ascension-gift ministries listed in Ephesians 4:11, are traveling ministers to the wider Body of Christ, and therefore distinct from elders.

Or is Pastoral ministry always a local rather than a traveling ministry?

The seven churches in the Book of Revelation each appear to have one individual leader, called ‘angel’ (messenger). What office do these individuals hold – elder? “Pastor”? apostle?

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