Some Pastoral Responsibilities

1 Timothy 5:1-25 (NIV)

In this chapter, Paul talked to Timothy about
  • the necessity and method of rebuking,
  • overseeing the church's benevolence towards widows, and
  • relationship to the elders in the church.


When a pastor rebukes people, he must show them proper respect.

If an older man needs to be rebuked, appeal to him like a father.

If a younger man needs to be rebuked, talk to him like a brother.

If an older woman, rebuke her with the same respect he would show his mother.

If a younger woman, talk to her like a sister.


Paul set the standards and qualifications that a woman must meet to be put on the church's list.
  • she must be a widow who is really in need; she must not have family to support her.
  • she must have devoted her life to serving the Lord.
  • she has to be at least 60 years old.
  • she must be a woman of only one man.
  • she must have a reputation for good works.

Paul also listed those who were not qualified to be on the list.


Paul then instructed Timothy about how he, as the pastor, should act towards the ministry of elders in the church.


Elders were spiritual, godly men that had been appointed in the church to serve as the spiritual leaders in the congregation.


Paul pointed out the value of the elders, especially those in the preaching and teaching ministries.

He said they were to be considered worthy of double honor.


Paul reminded Timothy to be careful and not to jump to judgment at the accusation of one person against an elder.

But if it was established that the elder was in unrepentant, continuing sin, he was to be rebuked in front of the church.


It is a huge responsibility for a pastor to appoint an elder.

Paul reminded Timothy not to be too hasty in the laying on of hands.


Timothy had to be careful.

Some sins were obvious, others were beneath the surface, remaining concealed.

The same applied to good works.


Pastors and elders are forbidden to partake of any alcohol.

Here, an exception is made for Timothy, because of his medical condition.