In today’s religious vernacular, a preacher is a pastor. In fact, the word pastor is used almost exclusively as a title in religious organizations. Most dictionaries would list synonyms for “preacher” to be “pastor” or “minister”. Effectively, in the religious world today, “Preacher”, or preaching, has been relegated to simply one duty of the Pastor for many. But is to say a preacher is a pastor really Biblical?
There are many duties of a pastor. On Sunday mornings, the pastor is a preacher, sharing the word of God with the faithful.
A preacher is not the same as a pastor according to Scripture1,2,3. In fact, they are two, very distinct roles1 that together serve to “equip the saints”1. However, there is nothing in Scripture that would indicate a single individual couldn’t serve in both roles simultaneously, as Paul was both a preacher and an apostle4.
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