What are the qualities of an overseer or pastor?


Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. 1 Timothy 3:1-7
            Paul wrote to Timothy, who was an overseer of the church in Ephesus, and in 1 Timothy gave the qualifications of an overseer, also known as a bishop.  Most scholars see the roles as elder, pastor and overseer as the same.  Their job—watch over God’s people.
            In Titus 1, Paul wrote similar qualifications talking about an elder. 
The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.  An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe[ and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.  Titus 1:5-9
            The qualifications for all the positions are virtually identical, raising a high bar of integrity for these leaders.  They are:
·         Above reproach, someone not blamed for doing bad things
·         Faithful to his wife
·         Temperate or sober
·         Self controlled
·         Someone you respect
·         Hospitable to outsiders
·         Teachable
·         Not a drunk
·         Gentle, not violent
·         Not quarrelsome but seeks unity
·         Not greedy
·         Manage his family well / children are believers
·         Must be seasoned in the Christian life
·         Good reputation with people outside the church
·         Love God’s word
While no one is perfect, an overseer/elder/pastor strives always for perfection, knows his weaknesses and works hard for God’s approval.