I just stumbled across a well written article on Pastoral Ministry (via Dave Black’s site) and the question of salary or pay for this work.
Why reinvent the wheel when someone else has already done so!
The full article is here.
I particularly liked the following concluding thought:
“If our churches truly implemented New Testament patterns of ministry, one wonders whether there would be any real need to support one, full-time pastor? If the local church had a functioning priesthood (as opposed to the passive, spectator event that is the mark of most churches) and an equally shared eldership, there simply would not be the urgency or necessity to hire someone on a full-time basis. This is because (1) leadership responsibilities would be shared; (2) one man and his gifts would not become the focal-point of the meeting; (3) corporate teaching would be shared and not left to one sole pastor; and (4) each member would actively participate and contribute to the meeting.” (Darryl Erkel)
Consider what would happen to the church if such a model once again became the norm? I can think of ten things right off the top of my head that would make the church stronger, yet I cannot think of one single thing that would make it weaker.
So, the question as I see it is this:
What was the reason for the change?
Fundamentally, the answer is found throughout the Bible as we read story after story. This is nothing new to God. He has seen this over and over for years, centuries, millenia!
The answer centers around one central idea – God is not enough.
Ponder that, and I’ll post more on this topic later…