We all have had pastors pray for us, but have you ever prayed for your pastor?  Your pastor or pastoral staff is a target, and they need your prayers.

In the Book of Titus, the Apostle Paul tells Titus to appoint other pastors on the island of Crete.  He gives him a description of the qualities the pastors must exhibit.  God expects pastors to lead with integrity within the home (Titus 1:6), community (Titus 1:7-8), and church (Titus 1:9).

I would encourage you to take your time and pray for one of your pastors through every line on this list.  It’s a great way to allow God’s Word to direct your prayers and gives you a specific list of qualities to pray to be evident with your pastor’s life.

  • The Home (v.6)
    • Above reproach – morally upright
    • Husband of one wife – one woman man
    • Children are believers are not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination – good father who disciples children
  • The Community (v.7-8)
    • For an overseer, as God’s steward must be above reproach – striving for ethical purity
    • Not be arrogant – not all about himself
    • Not be quick-tempered – keep calm
    • Not be a drunkard – guided by Spirit and not by drink
    • Not be violent – physically or verbally
    • Not be greedy for gain – any type of gain
    • Hospitable – around people and invests in people
    • A lover of good – passionate about seeing things done right
    • Self-controlled – not a loose cannon
    • Upright – doing things in a right manner
    • Holy – set apart for this work
    • Disciplined – able to work on what he needs to work on for improvement
  • The Church (v.9)
    • He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught – student of the Word
    • so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine – preach and teach well
    • and also to rebuke those who contradict it – bold enough to rebuke the church when they are being led astray

Would you pray this over a pastor today?

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.