Flock of Ministers#2
20 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. 21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? 23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. 25 Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said. 26 ¶ And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. 30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. 31 ¶ Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. (Matthew 26: 20 -32)
These verses tell of Jesus departure from His apostles at the end of His ministry. He specifically refers to the apostles--to ministers--people whom He has already released to do the work of apostles--healing the sick casting out devils--preaching the Gospel of the kingdom--Yet He refers to the apostles as "the flock"
The reference to people as a flock in the new testament does not meant that Jesus was the leader (shepherd--pastor) over a group of people who had no ministry--Rather He was the leader (by he fact that He served all) of a group of people to whom He released all His authority and power and teaching--to be apostles--ministers--this was the "flock:" referred to .
Ac 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
1Pe 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
Isn't it reasonable to think then that these references to "the flock" later in the new testament are the same way--that the leaders have "the oversight of" and are told to "feed" a flock of ministers--not a flock of people who have no ministry of themselves--none but to support the leader who is the "real minister?