I’m trying to add some new things to the site. Last night I procrastinated from my work and spent sometime learning some new scripts and the result: a random quote generator. I get to add my own quotes (which I lost most of them when my computer crashed a few weeks ago), and thought there are few now I will constantly be adding to them. ALso, since I’m almost at 200 posts now I decided I should start organizing them in some sort of order to make this easy to find. So there is a catagory section, they are still in the midst of being organized but hopefully what is there will help you, that is right above the search bar.
There are times where submission to authority of a pastor needs to take place, and if not then you need to step down from where you are. A pastor is given a responsibility of running a ministry and shepherding a people. Spiritually, I don’t think that a pastor ever has ever kind of authority over anyone’s life: only Jesus Christ does. In a whole other realm, I can’t see any other way but than to obey those that are put over you.
When I was around seventeen and eighteen I was asked to come on board as the interim youth pastor of my home church. It was weird at time, but really I was pasturing not by myself but with a leadership team of four others. I got to speak, hang out with kids, plan events and do all that other ‘youth pastor’ stuff. After a while, as young as I was, I started seeing things that I wasn’t expecting to see. It was all the typical stuff that goes on in churches: church politics, things I disagreed with, questions no one could answer. The longer I was there the more disconnect I could see between me and the pastors and their vision. This wasn’t to say I was right and they were wrong in any specific case. They were just different.
There came points in working there where I was asked by the senior pastor to encourage or do something that I wasn’t comfortable with (any more). I tried to make them see why for a long time, but eventually it just ended in us seeing things very differently. In a case like this; I needed to submit to authority or leave authority. When someone is hired by someone (church or not); they are hired with the expectation that you are going to do what the boss (senior pastor) asks. This goes the same with volunteer jobs in churches, ministry heads etc. There is nothing wrong with disagreeing, stating your case, trying to make people understand where you are coming from. When it comes down to it though, the pastor has to have the final say; and you have to listen or get out.
This isn’t one of those things where someone says “I don’t like what the pastor is doing so I’m quitting and checking out another church.” No matter what church we go to you aren’t going to like some things that a pastor does. I’m talking about when you are operating underneath the vision and mission of a particular church and the pastoral team does not think you are doing that right; it is your responsibility to fall in line with it or remove yourself from it. I don’t think its wrong to do either necessarily, I’m sure it would depend on the situation.
This is why commitment and possibly church membership I think holds some value (though I still don’t know how I feel completely about church membership, at leas the way it’s seen today). It creates a people that are operating underneath a certain mission and vision instead of random people all over the place trying to carry on the Kingdom’s jobs by themselves. It would make no sense for someone to be acting differently than the mission and vision and stay with the community; it would cause dissension all throughout.
So while I think that it is not a pastor’s duty to exercise authority (especially spiritual authority) over anyone self-willed. I do think that we need to come under authority of a pastor (or someone) voluntarily to bring unity to a group. This is a hard balance to come by for the leader and the follower. While the leader needs to learn to act as an authoritative leader without demanding authority and the follower needs to learn to submit without compromising what they believe to be the authority of Jesus Christ.
So this post may only relate to a select few people (unfortunately) who actually find themselves working in a church, running ministries and doing stuff underneath a specific church but I still think that it needs to be understood because there is no point in doing anything in the church if you are not willing to come under some kind of submissive authority (which is still to be defined) of someone that oversees you.