First you need people who would be willing and able to lead a pastorate. Some have been running a successful small-group and long to build community with other small groups. Others may feel a stirring to take on a more shepherding role within the body. And still others may be individuals who have been identified by friends or other ministry leaders as those who have the potential to take on this role.
We run a Pastor's Training Course to equip and envision people to run a pastorate and have fun doing so. We look at the theological foundations for the pastorates model, explore the practical skills of leading a pastorate and the qualities of a leader. Fun is a key ingredient as all the trainees learn together. The Pastor's Training Course is run three times a year with four evening sessions and a weekend away.
The primary role of a pastorate leader is to ensure that every member of their pastorate is given the best chance of growing as a disciple, to gather people and to nurture their growth, allowing each member to flourish. This will inevitably involve taking responsibility for the pastoral care of those in the pastorate.
At HTB, we identify characteristics that are important to our church and look for these in our pastors. A pastorate leader should exemplify:
A character marked by humility, teachability, integrity and thankfulness and seeking to grow in God
The ability to draw people together and bring the best out of them so that they grow in maturity and love for God
The will to do what is necessary to bring about that vision
The ability to spot the talents and gifts of others and encourage them
Openness to the Spirit
The desire to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit and lead others in the gifts and ministry of the Spirit
We are happy to talk to any church who is interested in running pastorates and will help as much as we can. Please contact us and let us know how we can assist.