Thursday, February 22, 2007


So-called 'missional' churches are rejecting the senior pastor model of church leadership in favor of multiple pastors. Perhaps it may even occur to them to try the Biblical leadership approach of qualified pastors (elders, overseers), but I suppose they don't want to get carried away.


Anonymous said...

Alan - Interesting, but I'm not sure what you mean by this (everyone thinks their model is Biblical, don't you know). Can you supply a link or two for further investigation?

Wild Bill said...

Actually, there's long been a movement among Baptists at least, for a plurality of pastors (by which they mean a plurality of elders, not multiple preachers). I have a book containing a written exchange on four models of church government (episcopal (bishop), presbyterian (local board of elders under a district or council of elders), single pastor (conventional baptist model), and plurality of pastors), in which the plurality position is advocated by a Baptist minister. Also, many Bible Church groups have a "Board of Elders" (of which the "Pastor" is a member), that follows a plurality of elders (although having a "chairman", don't know what that means). Also, John McArthur, a prominent Reformed/Calvinist preacher, who is in the Community Church movement, wrote some 15 years ago "God's Plan for the Church" (I believe that's the name), advocating church governance by a plurality of elders.

It appears, while the plurality position is still opposed by non-evangelical churchs (Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, etc.) and the Baptist churches (for the most part), that the "nondenominational" groups (Community and Bible churches, for example) have generally followed a plurality position. Obviously, I'm not part of those groups so I don't know to what extent those "elders" or "pastors" have "the rule"(Heb. 13:17) over the churches of which they are a part, but it's been a growing trend among those groups unaffiliated with the "mainline" (including Baptist) Protestant churches.

Alan said...

Wild Bill has done a better job than I could do at ruminating on the subject, anonymous.

Wild Bill said...

This may be too late, but, aside from the question of "who's doing this", what struck me from both the article and the comments accompanying is the "pragmatism" that associates with church leadership--as though the issue were not addressed in scripture. Even to the point of "how is this possible financially"? Unbelievable.

How about listening to Peter's instructions to "shepherds" in 1 Peter 5:1-4, that they should lead in a manner so as to be pleasing when the "chief shepherd" appears.

Bible, anyone?