Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. – 1 Timothy 4:13-14
Paul’s first letter to Timothy instructs the young protégée in how to lead a local congregation of believers. It is also loaded with direction for the leaders themselves.
In the modern (and post-modern) church, as in the ancient, a leader’s time and duties can become fragmented and difficult to manage. As a result, he must sometimes choose to give priority to some tasks at the expense of others. This is not to say that some matters are unimportant, only that some demand more biblical priority. Paul knew that Timothy would face this challenge and provided some clarity. A pastor is to publicly read God’s Word, exhort by it, and teach it; and he is to do all this within the context of the gifting he has received from God to carry out these duties.
A pastor (elder, overseer) may fail to do all that some think he should, but he can never neglect to do what God commands he must.
The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian. – A. W. Tozer