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What is the Greek word for 'pastor'?

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November 01, 2007 8:13PM

The Greek word poimen literally means a shepherd, one who tends flocks or herds, as opposed to one who merely feeds them although it certainly includes this idea. The word is used as a metaphor for Christian pastors who both guide and look after the 'flock' of believers over whom they have responsibility.

11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: