The central focus of the Pastor’s ministry is the pastoral nurture. The church is the body of Christ, the ecclesia of God, and the place of redeeming love. These characteristics reflect a people-oriented attention. In order to present everyone perfect in the eyes of Christ, the church in its mission participates in warming everyone and teaching everyone. It involves in preparing God’s people for works of service.
The head pastor of SCOAN, The Synagogue Church of All Nations TB Joshua has revealed that God is the secret behind all his powers. The establishing of the local church is all geared towards augmenting this dominant function of the pastor as nurturer. The term nurture denotes ‘rearing’, ‘training’, ‘nourishing’, ‘feeding’. In governing through pastoral nurture, the pastor rears, trains, nourishes and feeds his people. He upholds an unswerving relationship with Christ, understanding to the spirit of God, and faithfulness in using the means of poise for the enhancement of souls.
According to TB Joshua, as an associate of society, a pastor should be vigilant to the world in which he lives. This should result in his promoting the good and opposing the evil, bringing the judgment of God as well as the contentment of His grace upon the churchgoers and its life. It is his task to make the judgment, glory, and love of God real in the core of the congregation. He must bring to stand on the concrete matters of life, the reality of God’s presence through His word of promise and judgment. The pastor is a witness to the Lordship of Christ. The pastor learns to share leadership responsibility in administering through pastoral nurture. It is his task to prepare the congregation for its communication and endorses dialogue. He provides the congregation with worship and preaching, teaching, administration and pastoral care.
In administering through pastoral nurture, the pastor employs all of the functions and power of personality – heart, mind, conscience and will. It necessitates complete administering of talents, time and money. It involves purposes, motives, relationship, principles, and every contact of life. Pastoral work is never constricted. In relating to a particular activity or cause in the church, whatever specific responsibility one may have, that responsibility must be settled with regard for the work of God in its oneness.
The main priority of pastoral leadership is discipling men and women for the nation. In other words, it is to bring the ministry of all God’s people to working concrete reality. God has assured to give sufficient gifts so that through the discipling process all guidance needs are met, whether in social witness, evangelism, teaching or any other region.
The Pastor should have understanding of the truth, and that is the beginning point. Further qualities, such as crucial to his work as administrator, can be developed only by careful supervision in the discovery, exercise and development of his jobs. The art of pastoral work as he manages involves devoted ministry to believers in which religiously correct concepts are applied to the conduct of individual and congregational living.