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Minister vs Pastor

There are many names given to the preachers of the faith. Across many specific religions, the roles and titles of these people may somehow vary. So many people become confused with the terms: priest, reverend, pastor, and minister. It is probably the pastor and the minister that have the most confusing distinction.

In the Bible, it is clearly defined that a pastor is a person holding an office. He must meet a certain criteria or qualification in order for him to become one. In the book of Titus and 1st Timothy, a pastor is described chiefly as an elder. The term itself is derived from the Greek word “poimain,” which literally means “shepherd.” In the first chapter of Titus, pastors must be appointed in every city or district. As such, they must act as the area’s overseers. Paul’s conversation to a group of elders is also stated in the book of Acts with him exclaiming to the group that they have been regarded as the overseers who’ll shepherd God’s church. This clearly shows that a pastor is an elder.

Furthermore, Titus 1:5-9 also highlights the other important qualifications of a pastor. First, he must be a man above reproach. Second, he must be wed to only one wife. Third, he must possess the following qualities: prudent, temperate, hospitable, respectable, knows how to teach, not a wine addict, non-aggressive, peace loving, gentle, and not easily enslaved by the passion of money. Fourth, he should be the father of his very own household. Lastly, he shouldn’t be a newly converted individual and must bear irrefutable respect from people outside the church.

In the Roman Catholic sense, the pastor is the priest of a certain parish (one single church community) unlike in the Protestant sense wherein it is more of a job title offered to someone who is able to work as the religious head. In addition, ministers are generally found in the Protestant setup. To become one, this person should have been officially ordained. He can be an ordained minister but is not immediately assumed to perform the duties of a pastor whereas a pastor is already assumed to be able to perform the duties of a minister. When you become ordained as a minister, it means that you have been duly acknowledged as a trusted, religious figure or authority.


1.The term “pastor” means an “elder, overseer or shepherd.”
2.The pastor of the Roman Catholic Church is the priest of the parish.
3.The pastor of the Protestant Church is the religious leader. It’s more of a job position or title.
4.The term “minister” means “preacher.” All pastors can perform the duties of a minister, but not all ministers can act as pastors.

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  1. My pastor is a woman. Why is everything in this difference between… state everything in the masculine (he/him)??

  2. “I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man” – 1 Timothy 2:12

    • God deals with the spirit, not the gender, He will use whomever is willing, even a rock, so long as the vessel will submit themselves to Him for the Master’s use.

      • Well, that’s false. Despite there are no female preachers within a church setting throughout the bible, you would have to show proof to validate your view.
        It’s non existent because I’m sure you and I read from the same scripture so you have nothing to show other than scriptures that you flipped to make it comfortable for you. Plus you have people who listen to you so they’re not tell you your incorrect due to false teaching so you see fit to continue falsely holding a position you shouldn’t.

        God doesn’t contradict. Every person is equal in salvation. But it is wrong to extend this to say that equality extends to all roles assigned by God to men and women.

        • Samuel, all scriptures are not in the bible. The bible was made by man, and they picked what went in and what didn’t make it. God is with in all of us. Jesus was sent down and he had Mary Magdalene in his life. Those scriptures are not given to us. As a man of God, I believe we are all equal. Man, woman, black, red, yellow, white, ect… God is within us all, so, if our hearts are pure and our intentions are to help. God doesn’t care what form you are. Sorry but only reading a bible and not allowing the gift of “free will” is in no way what God wants.. Think about it why would he give us that one gift, to be controlled by a church?? You should be guided by his spirit! Its in all of us!! What’s right for you is not necessarily right for me.
          God bless
          Minister Jon Betlejewski

          • Wow, what in the world are you talking about? You went on a big rant about nothing pertaining to my comment about a woman being a preacher. You just spoke about how you felt about God operates the way you see it.

            First off you say the Bible was made by man…You are correct since there isn’t a book in existence not written by man.

            Secondly, so-called lost scriptures, text, or the Apocrypha are majority false writings or has not been or never was inspired by God.

            Thirdly, who said that my knowledge only comes from the Bible and that’s the ONLY book I read? For you to be a minister and for you to make a bad judgment call like that, you need to correct yourself a bit. It will be impossible for you to know my knowledge through only one comment I’ve posted. Free Will is an open door for choice which obviously leads to wrong and bad choices. Scriptures talks about those falsely teaching. You should understand that being a child of God we all should be under one accord but you have the audacity to say to me that “what’s right for you isn’t right for me”…how?.

            If you feel as if a woman can preach in the church despite the scripture states a woman should be silent in the church along with other verses that state that same submissiveness, you sir are confused. Woman has never had authority over man. There has never been a woman who preached in a church.

            You talk about Mary Madeline….thats it? You don’t say nothing about Mary his mother, the 12 apostles, brothers and sisters that are in his life but just Mary Madeline…interesting.

            Race doesn’t play a factor so I don’t know why you named colors. But as far as sex, there are different roles that we play between man and woman. Unless you can prove otherwise which you can’t, your reply Is pointless

          • @Samuel- God never would have wanted us to argue over something so pointless either. So with that said God Bless You Samuel may Christ be with you while you serve the Lord.

  3. There are women who preach in churches,
    The Church of God down the street from where I lived had a woman preacher.
    Jesus never discriminated anyone. He healed, loved, and gathered his flock which included Everyone.
    When I read the New Testiment I always pay close attention to the words of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
    Do you know the story when Jesus was sharing the Word with a group and the woman were cooking. The sister of one of those cooking sat with the men. The sister got angry and said to Jesus, Why is my sister allowed to sit with the men, it is against the law and she should get up and cook with the rest of us women.
    Jesus said, do not rebuke her for wanting to learn about the Gospel. Learning about my Father is more important than food. She and anyone is welcome to sit with me and learn.
    Who is was it that Jesus first appeared to after His resurrection. It was Mary Of Magdella who was his constant companion.
    There were woman that held prayer circles in their homes. One was Pricilla.
    Also, when we die and get reurected we will be in spirit form with no sexes.
    I see so much rilvery in the different dominations each claiming they are right and everyone else is wrong. Jesus had two commandments:
    1. Love God with all your heart and soul.
    2. Love Each other as you love yourselves.
    I don’t see that in the churches of today.
    There was only on church in the time when Jesus walked this earth.
    May God bless us all, thru Jesus Christ I pray.

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