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Pastors should be faithful to family responsibilities and reflections of God's truth. It's in the Bible, I Timothy 3:2-7, TLB. "For a pastor must be a good man whose life cannot be spoken against. He must have only one wife, and he must be hard working and thoughtful, orderly, and full of good deeds. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and must be a good Bible teacher. He must not be a drinker or quarrelsome, but he must be gentle and kind, and not one who loves money. He must have a well-behaved family, with children who obey quickly and quietly. For if a man can't make his own little family behave, how can he help the whole church? The pastor must not be a new Christian, because he might be proud of being chosen so soon, and pride comes before a fall. (Satan's downfall is an example.) Also, he must be well spoken of by people outside the church—those who aren't Christians—so that Satan can't trap him with many accusations, and leave him without freedom to lead his flock."

Pastors are not to be status seekers. It's in the Bible, I Corinthians 4:6, TLB. "I have used Apollos and myself as examples to illustrate what I have been saying: that you must not have favorites. You must not be proud of one of God's teachers more than another."

Pastors are to teach God's people by word and example. It's in the Bible, Acts 20:28, TLB. "And now beware! Be sure that you feed and shepherd God's flock—his church, purchased with His blood—for the Holy Spirit is holding you responsible as overseers."