The Pastor and His Marriage

The role of a pastor is critical in God’s plan for the local church; consequently, his qualifications are paramount when considering who is qualified to serve as pastor and who is disqualified. While several characteristics are necessary for a man to be eligible to serve as a pastor, none seem to garner as much attention or debate as what the required marital status is for a man to serve as pastor. I believe the qualification “the husband of one wife” (1 Timothy 3:2), means that a man is to be devotedly married to one woman for life. The only exception would be if she died, and then he could remarry and still be qualified. Therefore, it speaks to marital devotion as well as status. The following are the notes, which I base my interpretation on.


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Ronnie W. Rogers