I am not a pastor. I care for people. How does one pastor though he is not a pastor?
This article develops the principles of assuming leadership when one is not chosen by the congregation to be a leader. To do the work of the ministry does not require a position or recognition. Only pride requires a position of renoun. It has to do with a heart given to service. It may well be that the least among you will be the greatest. John 13.
What are some of the characteristic we should consider for ourselves when we want to be very effective ministers of God?
be a man of honest report
full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom
be available to be appointed over a business (task of service)
Stephen was a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost v5.
Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people v8.
Stephen ministered in the synagogue concerning the truths of God in an apologetical manner such that many "disputed with Stephen." v9.
v10 "And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake."
When he stood befor the council, they, "looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an agel." v15.
Stephen was so familiar with the Gospel that he was able to give a major defense of his faith before the council which was recorded in most of chapter 7.
Stephen stood faithful unto the sentence and carrying out of death. v. 7:55 - 60.