1 Timothy 4:12-13
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.
The gift of pastoring is also known as shepherding. If you’ve ever read about shepherds, you know what tremendous responsibility they take in tending to their flock.
It is much the same with pastors. They are nurturers who look out for the sheep and protect them. But they also look out for the sheep and must guide them and correct them from going astray.
People with the gift of pastoring do not necessarily have to be pastors. Many women rate high in this gift, most likely in part to a natural motherly instinct. Denominations differ on whether to allow women as pastors or not but there are many ways to use this gift outside of the pulpit.
People with the gift of pastoring make good small group leaders or Sunday school teachers. They are good in places of hospitality and mercy. A person with the gift of pastoring may excel in virtually any place where they may be involved in caring for the spiritual well being of another.
Shepherding does not need to take place from the pulpit. In fact most of the work is done away from it. Those with this gift should put it to use caring for God’s people wherever they feel they best fit.