The Faithful Pastor

Found this post by Jon Payne, ‘The Faithful Pastor’ a really helpful reminder:

Who is a faithful pastor?

He believes the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He fights for personal holiness.
He leads and loves his wife and children, if God gives him a family.
He proclaims the whole counsel of God.
He loves all of God’s people.
He fights for personal holiness.
He pursues growth in pastoral skill in private and in public.
He shares the gospel and seeks an evangelistic church.
He loves new believers, old believers, doubting believers, and unbelievers.
He denounces the evils of the age.
He is willing to care for a small church or a large church.
He is willing to care for a weak church or a strong church.
He is willing to be known or unknown for Christ.
He is willing to listen to criticism and he loves his enemies.
He is unwilling to sacrifice convictions for popularity.
He rejoices in those with greater and lesser gifts than himself.
He may or may not be an eloquent speaker, but he clearly teaches truth.
He may or may not be a brilliant counselor, but he clearly counsels truth.
He may or  may not be be a creative genius, but he loves creative Christians.
He may or may not be an administrative powerhouse, but his church is ordered by the Word.
He may or may not be well loved, but he loves the Savior.
He may or may not be remembered, but he will receive the crown of glory.
He may or may not consider himself a faithful pastor, but he will hear “Well Done.”