Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Senior Pastor - Conclusion

In conclusion, while I would not go so far as to say that the presence of a senior pastor is unbiblical, it would seem that its Scriptural justification is weak and that the rationale used to support the need of a human senior pastor, which appears to be rooted more in tradition or pragmatism than in a solid Biblical mandate, are unconvincing. It would seem, then, that in the case of a plurality of pastors, given the weak Scriptural evidence for a designated human senior pastor, allowing Christ to be the senior pastor and the elders to serve as the Holy Spirit leads, with no hierarchical titles, would be the better New Testament model. Even though a few practical considerations have been proposed, the most important factor to consider is that this position seems to require fewer assumptions to be made about details that Scripture does not furnish.

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