A Pastor's Job Discription
circa 400 A.D.

Around 400 A.D., the famous North African bishop, Augustine of Hippo, described a pastor's job:

  1. Disturbers are to be rebuked.
  2. The low-spirited are to be encouraged.
  3. The infirm are to be supported.
  4. Objectors confuted.
  5. The treacherous guarded against.
  6. The unskilled are to be taught.
  7. The lazy aroused.
  8. The contentious restrained.
  9. The haughty repressed.
  10. Litigants pacified.
  11. The poor relieved.
  12. The oppressed liberated.
  13. The good approved.
  14. The evil borne with.
  15. All are to be loved.

For more on the early bishop,  http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jod/augustine.html


Web Posted:  May 18, 2001
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