Fully Trained Pastors

by Dec 22, 2021

Jesus said in Luke 6:40, “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” That makes it incredibly clear to me that as a pastor, my job is to make disciples of all nations who are “fully trained.” That verse also makes it clear to me that if my goal is to make fully trained disciples, then I should be a fully trained pastor. In other words, I should be a pastor who is like my teacher, Jesus. 

You might think being a fully trained pastor is a given, but I’ve known lots of pastors who are nowhere near being fully trained disciples who live out the character and conduct of Christ. That is not the way it is supposed to be! Fully trained pastors should be like their teacher (Jesus) in both their character, (who they are) and in their conduct (what they do.) 

I believe the character of Christ can best be described in the fruit of the Spirit given by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control give us a summary of what Christ-like character looks like. When pastors are fully trained, they will be pursuing this type of Christ-like character in their relationships.

I also believe the conduct of Christ can best be seen in the very first description of the behavior of the disciples in the New Testament Church. The best way to identify Christ’s desired conduct for His disciples is to look at the conduct of His original disciples and their disciples. In Acts 2:42-47, we see several marks of Christ-like conduct. In the early Church, they were “belongers”, worshippers, servants, growing, managers of their resources, messengers, and multipliers. When pastors are fully trained, they will be demonstrating (or at least growing in) all of these marks of conduct that we see in Christ, His disciples, and their disciples. 

So the big question every pastor ought to be asking is, “Am I becoming more like, or less like, Christ in His character and conduct”? I know very few pastors who are leading themselves to be fully trained disciples. 

If you have a desire to become fully trained I would recommend the following steps:

First, go through a study on Christ-like character and conduct: I am sure there are lots of options for studying the character and conduct of Christ, and Impact Discipleship Ministries has designed two resources specifically intended to help you grow in Christ’s character and conduct. You can check them out at impactdisciples.com. We call them Impact Two and Impact Three.

Secondly, become part of a discipleship group that focuses on the development of Christ-like character and conduct: Jesus used discipleship to develop His character and conduct in His disciples, and it will work for you as well. Ask three to five people to join you in a small group dedicated to becoming fully trained disciples. The Impact Series will help you in this process. If you are looking for an equipping group specifically directed towards pastors, check out our upcoming Disciple Making Pastor online equipping groups.

Becoming a fully trained pastor is essential if you want to be a pastor leading toward mission. At Impact Discipleship Ministries, we can help you in the process. Contact if you are interested in learning more about disciple making in the local church.

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