Why We Have Pastors at The Well

Two weeks ago we ordained two new pastors at The Well: Scott Jones and Matthew Warren.  I couldn’t be more proud to serve the church with these two guys. I also am so excited to be part of a pastoral team again. As we began the ordination I wrote up a short intro to “why we have pastors”.  In our ecclesastical world, its popular to say that leaders aren’t important and that people shouldn’t be paid in the church.  I totally get this but here is why do:

At The Well we believe that Christ left his church to be a sign witness and foretaste of the Kingdom of God. In his last words in the beginning of the book of Acts he said, “You shall be my witnesses, in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth.” We have adapted this call to our context, to be Christ’s witness in Feasterville, Bucks County, Philadelphia and the World. This is our call. This is our reason for existence as a community.

In our congregation, we call “pastors” as those who are gifted and qualified to help us live out this calling. They are equippers, they are men and women who serve the community, not by doing the work of the ministry for us, but by equipping us to do the work of the ministry.

We use the term “pastors” because it was a term that our culture understands. they are those who lead us prophetically, evangelistically, apostolicaly, they shepherd and they teach (eph 4).

They are to proclaim God’s Word and help us live under its authority.

They are called to remind us and declare to us forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

They are called to lead us in worship and lead us weekly to the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

They are called to lead and equip us to care for one another as we rejoice and as we mourn.

They are called to remind us of our call to love others, not matter what race, ethnicity, gender or creed.

But first and foremost, like each of us, they are called to submission. Submission to God, submission to Scripture, submission to one another, and submission to community.

Would love to hear your thoughts…

  • John Shepard

    thanks for sharing Todd. Wondering what process, definitions and/or any background your church used leading up to the selection and installation of these two pastors? I am always curious as to what others use.

    • ToddHiestand

      Hey john, we have a pretty simple process, especially with these two guys. They have both been serving in their new roles for the past year and half. it was more a “naming what was already reality” kind of process. one guy is a former pastor who is a great friend of mine and was helping out with our preaching and the other one was a former intern that stuck around and continued to serve.

      really, it was pretty organic in nature. both were kinda homegrown in one way or another.

      that make sense?