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The Senior Pastor is a Tradition of Man

Updated on March 7, 2018
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God has given us the standard and structure of His ekklesia in Scripture. The traditions of man have greatly deviated to what has been taught in Scripture. Many salaried-to-serve Pastors refuse to believe that they are working in vain. It is time for people to stop putting their confidence in these men and trust in Christ to lead you.

Is the Senior Pastor the leader of the ekklesia?

Exalted Among Men

It may come as a shock, but those putting men as the sole authority in the modern church system are guilty of being disobedient to God. These men will attempt to justify their lofty positions because they are making a living off of the Gospel. They are bilking people through extortion and spiritual manipulation continually urging you to put money into the tithing plates saying it is part of our worship to God. They fail to understand that men putting men as mediators between God and the people has been fulfilled through Christ.

And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God. - Luke 16:15

Many believe they are doing the right thing by justifying themselves in the eyes of man, but in God’s eyes they are an abomination in His sight.

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! - 2 Corinthians 13:5

The Test

Well, let’s examine and test the Senior Pastor and see where it leads.

If we look back in the Old Testament, pastor is mentioned much more than in the New Testament. Unfortunately they are mostly mentioned in a negative light.

The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit. – Jeremiah 2:8

In the New Testament, the Pharisees and Sadducees were the pastors of the people who were trained in teaching of the Scriptures. They took prominent positions in the synagogues, but Christ had some serious warnings against them.

Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” - Matthew 16:16

These professional men were trained and ordained to religious status before they could minister to the people just like the modern Pastor, but Christ had some more harsh words to say about them too.

Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation. – Luke 20:46-47

From a few verses, it becomes clear that the leaders of the modern church system resemble the Old Testament pastors and the New Testament leaders of the synagogues before Christ fulfilled these positions.

For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.

Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. - Jeremiah 23:1

When men are put in positions of power and prominence, it will always lead to corruption. They become accountable to no one. When questioned, they become hostile because they believe they have the right to choose who they are accountable to. The fact is, it shouldn't matter who the Pastor feels he is specifically accountable to because by God’s standard, he is accountable to everybody.

The Requirement of Us

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. - 1 Corinthians 4:1-2

How is a pastor to be found faithful?

Well, first he can never be a Senior Pastor because no one of such status is found within the pages of Scripture.

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. - Acts 17:11

The Senior Pastor that is nowhere to be found in Scripture must be exposed as illegitimate. We are not accountable to this type of men, but to our Lord, Christ our Saviour by his standards that given to us from his Father.

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. - Romans 14:12

My conscience is clear, but that does not vindicate me. It is the Lord who judges me. - 1 Corinthians 4:4

The modern church system has it backwards and believes that they are accountable to their Senior Pastor, but among the ekklesia, the true pastor must allow himself to be accountable to the people or be disqualified. The titled Pastors who have been learned in the seminaries of men believe they are entitled to hold to their traditions rather the heed the standard of Scripture.

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, which are based on human tradition and the spiritual forces of the world rather than on Christ. - Colossians 2:8

Where in Scripture is a salaried man given authority and control over the ekklesia?


Where in Scripture is a salaried man representative of the ekklesia?


Where in Scripture is a salaried man controlling the activities of the ekklesia?


Where in Scripture do people seek salaried man outside of their own fellowship to become a Senior Pastor over them?


Where in the Bible does it say that salaried men have superior authority over the ekklesia?


Christ dispels these fanciful notions in His own words.

But Jesus called them aside and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their superiors exercise authority over them. It shall not be this way among you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave— Matthew 20:25-27

Where do you find in Scripture where the structure of the ekklesia has the Senior Pastor at the center of everything?



In the modern church when the Senior Pastor leaves, the people often leave with him because they followed after a man instead of the leading of the Holy Spirit. They have been conditioned to do so.

Somewhere along the line man decided to do things their own way. The king over the people has become the main event who surrounds himself with other ministers that require the monetary to make a living off their man-made Gospel.

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. - Acts 5:29

The Holy Spirit will move simply by a few coming together to study and discuss God's word. We do not need a salaried peacock within our midst. We do not need to jump through a bunch of corporate red tape under the umbrella of a religious denomination to worship God. We do not need clergy to reign over the people.

And the LORD said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.

We reject Christ when we have people desiring a professional clergy class to do everything for us, rather than going directly to God ourselves. It is a carnal mind that desires to bow to a man-made king within the kingdoms of men.

The ekklesia do not have men who are reigning over people. Christ is our only rule with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within us. Simply put, when people seek out a Senior Pastor, they reject Christ having sole rule in their lives.

The Senior Pastor will not to hear from God for us. He can’t because he is not the representative of the ekklesia. Throw this man out and learn to edify one another in love as the Holy Spirit leads.

Didn't Christ say, 'whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant?'

When we learn how to serve one another, the Senior Pastor becomes irrelevant.

Discard the Lie

Get rid of these men who attempt to justify and protect their authority; they have none. They spend more time trying to make money and a name for themselves than serving. Salaried-to-serve is an oxymoron. Pride and a paycheck does not exist in the Kingdom of God.

If the Senior Pastor is considered the main administration in your fellowship that is serving and training people for a paycheck, it is a blight on the people.

Didn’t Jesus say, 'Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?'

The ekklesia are about discipleship with families operating in the gifts God has given them. The love of Christ that is perfected in truth will be demonstrated with overseers that are not at the center, but who are serving on the perimeter. The fellowship is at the center with Holy Spirit as the leader. Without humility and meekness from true overseers, the Holy Spirit will not use them.

That together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 15:6

Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. – Philippians 2:2

When people demand a Senior Pastor as ruler over them, he will fail the people every time because he does not have the power of Christ to what He has already done.

There is no Worship Pastor in Scripture.

There is no Youth Pastor in Scripture.

There is no humanistic system running influencing the ekklesia in Scripture.

There is no prerequisite of seminary training to function as part of the ekklesia in Scripture.

There is no respecter of persons among the ekklesia in Scripture?

There are no people with titles in front of their names in Scripture?

And be not conformed to the world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Romans 12:2

It is a shame that the modern Pastors have become too proud to come to the level of their proper role. They must leave man’s kingdom before they can enter into God’s Kingdom. Instead, they persecute the purveyors of truth by continuing to work in vain. They are the blind leading the blind down the broad way to destruction.

Your Senior Pastor will lie to you because he is a lie.

God's word exposes these wolves in sheep's clothing.

Can you see this yet?

Put aside your traditions and allow the Holy Spirit to teach you instead of man. Scripture does not say that we are to be under the authority of Senior Pastor leadership in a man-driven church system. You have been lied to.

Where are we commanded in God’s Word to put ourselves under the rulership of a Senior Pastor?

If you cannot find it, what does that say about church?

Maybe it’s time to change you affiliations.

Who is the greatest in the Kingdom you serve in?

Do you have a senior "pastor" in your "church?"

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    • celafoe profile image


      2 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      yes Rich there is a scripture for why they do not and cannot change

      "2 Thess 2:9-12

      10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.


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      Rich Kelley 

      2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      $$$$$Deceptions Power$$$$$

      It is nothing short of MOCKERY what many pastors preach from their soapboxes. They are professionals of deception that appear as angels of light. There are multitudes of these “pastors” who will pick your pocket in the name of Jesus Christ and not only claim that they have “authority from God” to do so, but also claim that you actually ought to “make conscience of giving one-tenth of your gross income to the Lord,” and that, “anything less is stealing from God!”

      One of the reasons why it is almost impossible for so-called “leaders in the church” to repent, reform, and receive the Truths of Scripture is because of the following fundamental principle:

      "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his livelihood and salary depends upon his NOT UNDERSTANDING IT!"

      The Wicked Shepherds Blog

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      4 years ago

      thanks heaps P&N. This past week I've been reading my bible like never before and my eyes are opening more and more. It's incredible. This morning I was reading from 1 Corinthians 5 and 6 and it was interesting, in particular 6:15-20.

      I do wonder.

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      Neil Braithwaite 

      4 years ago

      deorganicchurch - What you describe happening in the "church" you formerly attended is not uncommon. I'm sure it happens all the time but with much less open and public exposure. Usually what happens is the pastor is asked to leave to ensure "unity" or if he has gained enough influential support the church splits.

      In any case, these things happen as a result of man deciding to structure the Ekklesia as a corporation and running it that way. Throw in some real estate and a franchise name and now you've got something to really fight over.

      All of this was warned about over and over in the New Testament. It was happening then and it will continue till Jesus' return.

      If you or anyone you know is still affiliated with a corporate church then open your eyes and GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN. Otherwise the consequence you have to look forward to is the "pit" your blind leader is leading you to fall into.

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      4 years ago from Newark, DE

      One thing that I definitely agree with is that if someone gets complete control over a church, and the other elders are just yes-men, bad things can happen. Unfortunately, I attended such a church for many years and saw the fallout of it after the whole organization collapsed in scandal. Our church was even on the evening news and was pretty much put in the category of a cult. We did have some cultlike tendencies as our fervor for serving God centered so heavily around the ministry of the senior pastor who ruled with absolute control. I was just a teenager when I started attending, so I thought that was just how church was supposed to be conducted. One person in the church who moved in a prophetic gifting had a dream that the senior pastor was eating the sheep, and he confronted the pastor with this revelation. From what I heard, this meeting went south really fast. Within a few weeks of this, the church exploded in scandal, and we had a church meeting about the subject. I was totally oblivious of what was going on, and when the weeknight meeting commenced, I got the feeling that I was on the Jerry Springer show. I was absolutely shocked that this was the church I attended all these years. Unless you are in the inner circle of leadership, you probably will not know some of the things that go on behind the scenes. This kind of thing can't happen if there are multiple elders that have true decision-making authority in the church. What ends up happening is that one by one, these elders are forced out of the church and replaced with yes-men, who have absolutely no say in what goes on in the church. At this point, the senior pastor can do whatever he wants with no opposition. In our case, the person that had the vision also saw the church being destroyed, which is exactly what happened. Even the church building was sold off and not used as any type of church anymore. The destruction was total.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago


      You are correct. You and your husband are part of the Church. Even here on Hubpages people can gather and contribute what God is showing them. We are a spiritual family part of ONE body. As such, an elder(s) will naturally have a gifting of an overseer just like a father who oversees in his household. He will be more mature than his children, but serves, not lording over his household, but with encouragement, admonishment, discipline, protection, etc... The spiritual family of God is not segregated and includes those of every age group and level of maturity no matter were they are with purpose of putting Jesus Christ first in all that they do. Those who serve in the greatest capacity within a group will naturally stand out, but it is never self-appointed.

      If you are coming out of the corrupt man-made system of "church" there will be a wilderness experience that will take some time to change to a spiritual perspective. As you distance yourselves from that double-minded system, you will be a able to hear God more clearly than ever before as you seek Him first. It took me a few years to finally grasp what the true Church is once I abandoned the traditions of man.

      But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. - Matthew 6:33

      This verse is the key to understanding the true Church. When we take a hold of this verse in our lives, we will finally "get it."

      “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” - John 8:31

      When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth - John 16:13

      Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. - Matthew 23:10-12

      As you seek God's Kingdom first, and abandon man's kingdom, it allows the Holy Spirit to guide to the truth without man getting in the way. He will instruct, guide and lead you to true freedom in Him. You will no longer being striving and seeking after "church" and God will be the one who will connect you with those who are also in one accord with Him. It won't be out of your own initiative, but His.

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      4 years ago

      P&N, and others... I'm struggling to reconcile the verses regarding Deacons and Elders with a universal body of believers who "gather/assemble" as "the church" (not a place but a group of believers). I'm so used to thinking that there needs to be Elders and Deacons within EACH gathering/assembly and someone told me that because my husband and I are both believers we in essence are a "church".

      I don't know if I quite "get it" yet. I want to. Please explain this to me so I can understand. Scripture would help.

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      4 years ago


      You are most welcome. God Bless.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago


      I used to believe I was all on my own, but God brings like minded people who He has spiritually assembled together in one accord admonishing and learning from each other in the truth. God has given each one of us as representatives of His Kingdom different gifts to relay the truth to others.

      You are right, we are called to make disciples of all the nations, not our own personal minions.

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      4 years ago

      Thank you so much for this.

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      Neil Braithwaite 

      4 years ago

      Asa 2141 -

      P&N has written some excellent posts on this subject and I assume will continue to expose false teachers and the counterfeit church system of today. Please take the time to visit my blog as well and read the first post "The Apostle Paul on Personal Rights and the Gospel."

      Please continue to gather resources that will help in your contention for the true Ekklesia.

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      Asa Schneidermann 

      4 years ago from Boise

      This is the first time I've ever seen anyone outside of my family even question the modern "church" system. I think we should continue in our writing to put parentheses ("church") around the building meaning, and capitalize the word Church the way Christ intended - a group of believers.

      It's not what the Bible says about pastors, it's what it does NOT say. That's what makes it all so hard to pin down. Good explanations.

      The Bible says there will be leaders among us, just like there are in ANY group of people. If I have been a Christian for 20 years and you have been a Christian for 1 year, than I am going to know more about God than you (if I've been reading my Bible etc.). I can give you advice and help you along (which is true leadership), but it is all with the idea that eventually you can stand on your own two feet. Something is wrong if I want you to "follow me" and support me, and hang on my every word for the rest of your life.

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      4 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      P&N- I have also experienced these things and it breaks my heart to see so many families that are afraid to stand up when they see the truth for fear of what these churches will do to them.

      BUT- as you said their day is coming and it is not our job to anything more than keep promoting TRUTH and following the Holy Spirit , doing as He tells us to do.

      Yes most of the big churches now have ATM machines and Starbucks (or their own brand coffee shop) shops in their lobbies. I often wonder what Jesus would do if He walked into one of them.

      Keep up the good work brother, the day of the Lord is still ahead of us.

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      4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- Point taken. Thank you.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago


      I have talked to parents who have lost their children due to the senior "pastor" telling their kids that their parents have fallen away from God when they tried to expose him for crook he was. He turned it around and said they were they were being divisive, fallen away so they got kicked out of the "church." Some of their older kids ostracized them and let the "church" take care of them. The "pastor" told them to no longer communicate with their parents. In this "church" in every service they would bring the tithing plate out at least three times. Many members had put a mortgage on their homes as they were coerced in giving a sacrifice of the monetary to the "church."

      Another "church" where I live put an ATM machine in their lobby. One Sunday they said that the members should max their credit cards for the Lord.

      There are many stories, too many like this that make my blood boil, but I thank God He is a God of justice. Their day is coming soon.

      You have brought up an important subject on the role God has given to us as fathers. Satan has come in and usurped our God given authority over to salaried-to-serve professionals. Men need to start asserting their role within their families and the Church. I see many men who are in bondage who have become spiritual eunuchs to the Jezebel spirit put under the domination and control of others.

      Although control and domination can come in different forms, I have written an article that pertains to a "church" that I attended in my blindness many years ago.

      On a happier note, I am pleased say that a couple that I know just got kicked out of the "church" that they were attending for many years. The fellow got kicked out because he was deemed a male chauvinist by asserting the authority God had given him concerning his wife and family. This "church" had females running every single department within the building. After many months later as a result of weeks and many hours of appealing to them in our home, and warning them of this abominable "church," they finally saw the truth, stopped tithing and finally got kicked out. I was personally shocked as I believed that they were lost causes as they no longer wanted to meet with us as the spiritual differences collided. God had bigger things in mind and was working in them beyond my personal feelings about them. They are now dealing with the fall-out, but hopefully they will come to know true freedom in Jesus Christ as they come out of this situation. They have contacted us since and said they had remembered the things we had talked about.

      We must remain vigilant in speaking truth even when things get uncomfortable and we are persecuted for it. God is able to do great things in these situations.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago


      No matter how many ways they want to justify their lofty positions, it fails the test. It's a non-issue for the true Church, but the urgency to reach those who have been burned and oppressed by these religious hypocrites is paramount. Those who are free from this bondage must continue to represent the true Kingdom of God as a beacon to the lost.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      North Wind,

      You are right, so many want to do things their way, but Jesus said, "“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. " If only they studied God's Word for themselves. He wants to speak to us directly and guide our path. Unfortunately, just like fortune tellers, senior "pastors" will tell you what "God" has for you, but you first must put money into their offering plates.

      I am glad you have found freedom in Truth. God Bless.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago


      As you clearly demonstrated from the Word of God, Paul was an exemplary example of what leadership should look like.

      Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. - Acts 20:31

      Let us all take his example by remaining alert and remain without ceasing admonishing with truth because time is running out. Too many are being led astray by these charlatans.

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      4 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      Another Great article brother. Since you have the heavy anointing right now here is a subject. I have written on it but you should consider it.

      1 Cor 11:3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

      NO man has authority over another man. And more importantly, NO man has authority over another mans wife or children. I have heard so many hireling pastors men they have to obey them and tell women to listen to him not their husbands and tell young folks to listen to them instead of sending them to their father.

      Col 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago


      You are correct that there are to be leaders in the Church. What I am doing is disqualifying the non-existent senior pastor that is nowhere to be found in Scripture. There is NO salaried senior "pastor" in Scripture period. It is that simple.

      In the kingdoms of men there are senior pastors, but in the Kingdom of God the greatest will be your servant. Paul nailed it in these verses,

      For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things. - 1 Corinthians 4:9-13

      Paul in humility towards his brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ allowed the Holy Spirit to exhibit God's authority by relaying His standards to the various localities. In the kingdoms of men, it is men who exhibit their own religious authority by their own standards. That is the distinction.

      The role of the senior "pastor" does not impact true Christianity at all because it is not allowed, nor is it a part of it. The Kingdom of God does not mix the holy and profane, that is only endorsed in the world of compromise.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- Another great article. For those who are the true church this would be a non-issue. However, for those of man made churches it would seem that those who call themselves or concider themselves as Senior Pastor's (or pastor's) were NEVER "qualified" in the first place.

      Again, great Hub and many blessing to you.

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      North Wind 

      4 years ago from The World (for now)

      This issue came to my mind just this morning, Planks and Nails and I am amazed that you would write about it here. I agree with you, of course, but I know that there are many who are reluctant to part with what has become a new tradition. It would be much simpler to listen to the wisdom of the Bible but people always have a way of introducing and making their own ways more important than the true way.

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      Neil Braithwaite 

      4 years ago

      The best, most clear and complete example of true leadership is in Acts 20:17-37.

      Here Paul calls the elders (plural) from Ephesus (Notice he didn't call the "senior" pastor of the church at Ephesus) and by his own words Paul clearly defines true leadership - exhorting these elders to follow his example in "everything" he showed them. (vs. 35) Notice that Paul did NOT receive any compensation for his 3 years of ministry at Ephesus and that he was not leaving to take a "pastor" position at some other church - he was following the guidance of the Holy Spirit. (vs. 22) Also notice he encouraged them to be "givers" NOT "takers" in order to "help the weak," as he himself had done during his ministry there. (vs. 35) Also notice the absence of any talk about compensation for their "services."

      In today's corporate churches the most worldly and carnal minded people are the paid pastors, followed closely by the elders who support his position. These are the blind leading the "members" - who are blind as well. Sadly, they will all, as Jesus put it, "fall into a pit."

      Here is a great exercise for paid pastor's.

      10 Questions Every Pastor Needs to Answer:

      1. Do you preach the gospel for money?

      2. Have you ever taken a pastor position for more money?

      3. Do you consider your work as a pastor stewardship in exchange for money?

      4. Would you consider being a volunteer pastor?

      5. If your church could no longer pay you would you leave?

      6. At what level salary cut would you leave your pastor position? 10%, 20%, 50%, etc.

      7. Do you believe money is a worldly and carnal consideration?

      8. Do you believe taking money to preach puts a burden on the church?

      9. Did you believe taking money to preach hinders the gospel?

      10. What answers do you believe Jesus and His Apostles would give to these questions?

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      4 years ago from Newark, DE

      I do agree with a good portion of this article. I do see the role of leadership in the New Testament reflected in the many verses referencing "elders." The title pastor simply mean Shepherd in the Greek, and this spiritual activity applies to the elders. The elders Shepherd the flock. The complicated part to unravel is how and to what level they should lead. I definitely agree that they shouldn't be ruling over the people in an autocratic way, yet the Bible does instruct the church to submit to those that lead them, which is a reference to the elders. I agree that there are many bad pastors out there, and the senior pastor position empowers an ungodly man to take full control over a church, which I don't believe is the way Christ intended it to be. I agree that the shepherds should rise up from within the flock and not be brought in from the outside and put over the church. As a man's shepherding gifting is developed and recognized by the assembly, he will naturally function in this capacity, and the members will tend to follow his lead and seek him for advice and counseling. At some point along the line, the church can recognize him as elder material, and he can be ordained with the laying on of hands to be formally recognized as an elder of the church. He is still a member of the body and should be one with the other members, not elevated above them in an unbiblical way. The role of a senior pastor is not explicitly outlined in the New Testament, but leadership is seen throughout the New Testament through the ministry of the apostles and prophets. Even the apostles worked together as a group, but I can see Paul spearheading the group in the ministry of the Gentiles. This is definitely a relevant topic for discussion since the role of senior pastor in modern churches greatly impacts Christianity.


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