FEEDING THE FLOCK IS YOUR NUMBER ONE ASSIGNMENT AS A PASTOR

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IF YOU ARE IN UKRAINE RIGHT NOW AND YOU ARE PREACHING SOMETHING OTHER THAN PROTECTION NOBODY WILL LISTEN TO YOU. YOU MUST KNOW WHAT TO FEED YOUR FLOCK PER TIME.

IT IS THE WORD OF GOD THAT TURNS A SMALL CHURCH INTO A MEGACHURCH

YOUR PASSION FOR THE WORD IS YOUR GREATEST ASSET FOR SUCCESS AND CHURCH GROWTH

FEEDING THE FLOCK IS YOUR NUMBER ONE ASSIGNMENT AS A PASTOR.

– Pastor David Ibiyeomie
Morning Session, Day Two
Church Growth Conference, 2022

The theme is ‘Built to Last’ but the subtopic given to me is ‘Understanding the Primary Task of a Pastor’. When I talk about a pastor, it does not necessarily mean you are a pastor, no matter your title you are a shepherd. The task you accomplish is superior to the title you bear.

Your pastoral title is not as important as your pastoral function. Understanding your function is what determines optimum performance. Unction flows when function is known and understood. When placement is known and understood, achievement becomes easy. The question is Who is a Pastor?

A Pastor is a Shepherd called by God to nourish God’s people with the word and engage them practically to ensure their maturity. So you must understand your role as a pastor. Understanding is the ability to see life as God sees it.

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The Primary Task of a Pastor

1. Feeding the Flock
Feeding the flock is your number one assignment as a Pastor.
1 Peter 5:1, Acts 20:28
Why feeding the flock is very important is because no human standard can match the word of God. God’s word is the catalyst for change so if you don’t feed them, there will be no change in that Church. It is God’s Word you feed them with they can use to conquer the deceptions of Satan and enhance their maturity. Acts 20:32. Nothing multiplies a Church like imparting the flock with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15. Our primary duty is to feed the flock with knowledge and understanding. When you as a Pastor lack the understanding of God’s word, there will be nothing to transfer to the flock under you. Your passion for the word is your greatest asset for Success and Church Growth.

If you look at Joshua 1:8, everything about Joshua 1:8 is your responsibility, not God’s. Your success and prosperity are not determined by God, it is determined by you.

It is the word that turns a small church into a mega Church. When you get into the word, the word will get into you. It is the light you have that can illuminate their own lives. Psalm 36:9. It is the word that is in you that will make them also have their own word. You must know the state of your flock to attend to them accordingly.

I will give a practical example if you are in Ukraine right now and you are preaching something other than protection nobody will listen to you. You must know their state. During the Coro when some were closing churches, in one month we had 56,000 souls who did foundation class online and the Church grew. God said to me to teach the foundation class online and it worked.

The same word of God but application has to differ. You must know what to do to feed your own flock per time. In Nigeria, the Western part of Nigeria eats Amala. Amala is a swallow but if you bring it to the East nobody will eat it. They eat garri in the Eastern part of Nigeria.

The same swallow but different application. If you say debit card in Nigeria, nobody will understand until you say ATM card. It is the same word but a different application. The environment determines how you apply the word. Don’t just borrow something from somewhere and apply it, it will not work until you know the state of your flock.

To feed the flock, you, the Pastor, must be a reader. If you are not a reader there is nothing you have to feed them.

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