And they are FOUND in Eph 4:11, PASTORS / POIMEN and are in the ACCUSATIVE CASE and is in the PLURAL and in verse 10 I believe it is Christ that has given that gift to the 5 positions, for the EQUIPPING of the saints for service. This is what I, how Paul appointed them, and what do you see what Acts 14:23 is valid? Ans Acts 20:28, it is the HOLY SPIRIT. dan p
Again Dan, pastoring is a gift
, but it is NOT an office
, and certainly not the only leadership office of any local church to be filled by only ONE MAN.
Some bishops may have the gift of pastoring the sheep, while other bishops may have the gift to teach, maybe some have both gifts, yet still, it is clear from just reading the NT, that no one body of believers had ONE bishop over them, as we now see in churches through this world in the twenty-first century, where there are mini popes everywhere having the mentality that God has made them lord's over the particular church they are in and they labor to convince the folks in those churches they are there in GOD stead telling them what they should, or should not do and they are to follow them in whatever direction God is leading THEM.
So, yes there are many gifts in the body of Christ, just as our natural body has many members and each member has its own particular use for the usefulness of our body.
The church is not ONE BIG MOUTH without any other parts as some men who have us to believe. Christ's body is not deformed but a perfectly, gloriously body, where each member supplies its own particular gift to this body.
Let me add this~without question that there have been churches where they had only one pastor. That pastor did not take on the mentality that God had placed him over those believers to do all their thinking for them in just about every area of their life, in good faith did a humble job considering the WHOLE BODY as contributors to the good of the whole body.