#20. Pastoral Leadership — Is It Character, Calling, Qualifications, or Aspiration?

Our Urban Voices

Apr 5 2022 • 33 mins


Pastor Bobby Jamieson sketches a map for the pastorate: character, competencies, qualifications, heart, and hiring process. For a church’s search committee, he pushes back on some common ideas about ministerial qualifications that are not found in the Bible. For someone hoping to be a pastor or an elder, he discusses ways to nurture a desire to serve. In practice, Pastor Bobby offers insight into the ministry of a large, urban congregation in the nation’s capitol where there are lots of opportunities to ‘love across lines of difference'. What You’ll Learn:What a church's search committee needs to look for when hiring a new pastor Character and qualifications of a pastor or an elder Where to begin if you desire to be a pastor or elder About the Guest: Bobby Jamieson serves as an associate pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in the nation’s capital, an economically and ethnically diverse congregation that is a short distance from the U.S. Capitol Building. His pastoral responsibilities include overseeing the church's pastoral internship program, as well as preaching and teaching. Bobby is a husband and father. He has an M.Div. and Th.M. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a PhD. in New Testament from the University of Cambridge, where he also taught Greek. He is the author of several books including his latest, The Path to Being a Pastor: A Guide for the Aspiring, where he draws upon his experiences working with numerous pastoral interns. He encourages men to ask the question ‘am I qualified for ministry?’ Scripture Related to Episode:https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ephesians+4%3A1-6&version=NIV (Ephesians 4: 1-6; Walk Worthy of Calling ) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+timothy+3%3A1&version=NIV (1 Timothy 3: 1; Aspiring to be an Overseer) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+6%3A+6&version=NIV (Galatians 6: 6; Sharing with Teacher) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Timothy+5%3A+17&version=NIV (1 Timothy 5: 17; Honor Those Preaching and Teaching) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+13%3A34-35&version=NIV (John 13; New Command Love One Another) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+3%3A27-29&version=NIV (Galatians 3: 27-29; Neither Jew or Greek, Slave or Free) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Timothy+3%3A+1-7%2C+Titus+1%3A+5-9&version=NIV (1 Timothy 3: 1-7, Titus 1: 5-9; Pray through Scriptures) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Timothy%204%3A8&version=NIV (1 Timothy 4: 8; Value of Godliness) Links Related to Episode:https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-path-to-being-a-pastor-bobby-jamieson/1138714080?ean=9781433576652 (The Path to Being a Pastor: A Guide for the Aspiring) https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/biblical-reasoning-r-b-jamieson/1140355563 (Biblical Reasoning: Christological and Trinitarian Rules for Exegesis) https://www.amazon.com/Bobby-Jamieson/e/B009D76TEW/ref=aufs_dp_mata_dsk (Bobby Jamieson, Author) https://www.capitolhillbaptist.org/pastoral-internship/ (Capitol Hill Baptist Church - Pastoral Intern Program) Timestamped Show Notes 01:25 - Family, Music and Classical Greek Geeking 03:18 - Path to Being a Pastor: Aspiration vs Calling 04:44 - What’s the Difference between a Pastor, Elder and Overseer? 06:23 - What Does It Mean to Be Called to Ministry? 08:51 - The Qualifications of Character 12:46 - Being a Pastor and an Immigrant 13:46 - To Seminary or Not to Seminary, Is It Really a Biblical Question? 14:22 - Looking for a New Pastor 17:07 - Catalyst for Writing Book 19:44 - Challenges and Benefits of an Urban Church 22:10 - The Cost of Diversity 23:17 - Growing Spiritually Despite Relocating Often 24:37 - Practical Tips for Aspiring Ministers, Pastors and Elder 27:17 - Scripture, Interpretation, Systematic Theology and Biblical Exegesis 29:43 - Ambition and Character