Ephesians 4:11 says:
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers [ Ποιμένας καὶ διδασκάλους ] ” (KJV)
I don’t understand the Greek phrase/words: poimenas kai didaskalos [ Ποιμένας καὶ διδασκάλους ] translated ‘shepherds/pastors and teachers’.
Some people interpret this phrase to say Paul is referring to two separate ministry gifts in the body: the role of pastor and the separate role of teacher; while other Christians interpret it to refer to one gift, i.e. a pastor-teacher. I’m not sure whether this is because in order to serve as a pastor/elder, a man must also be gifted as a teacher, he must be apt to teach (1 Tim 3:2) therefore the gift here in Ephesians 4:11 is one gift of pastor-teacher to the body.
However, Romans 12:7 seems to identify a gift of teaching, without any reference to the role of pastor. I’ve come across two men who both claim to be teachers and yet not have the gift of shepherding, so is it possible that the four-fold ministry of Ephesians chapter 4 is really a five-fold ministry? Surely, the Greek rendition makes this clear?