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Lonely and Isolated Pastors

I recently heard a United Church of Canada minister being interviewed on the radio. He said the reason for the recent drive to unionize ministers in his denomination is due to the fact that the pastors feel isolated Ė trapped between their congregation and the denominational hierarchy. They donít feel they can find support in their congregation without loosing their respect, and support from their head office seems hard to come by. Thus they feel isolated and alone.

The answer to this problem is not a ministerial union. Ironically speaking, the answer to this problem is actually found in the New Testament that teaches "plurality of leadership". I wonít spend time proving this point now. You can read my web site article entitled "Plurality Of Elders"  and see my reasoning.  http://www.stevesweetman.com/articles/plural.htm

The New Testament teaches that a group of men called elders lead and care for the local body of believers. These men are also called, overseers, shepherds, and in a couple of places they are called pastors. No one person in this group of elders has full control or final authority. Each elder is equal in authority. This solves many problems. For example, it takes away the potential dictatorial rule of one man. In relation to the topic at hand, leaders donít feel alone, because they arenít alone. They are personally joined to others in leadership which provides support, friendship, distribution of work, and much more. The Bible makes good common sense. Iím not sure why we donít consider what it says more often.

I donít know many church organizations that function in plurality of leadership. I do know some who claim to have plurality of leadership, but in fact they donít. They may have a group of leaders, but inevitably there is still one man in charge of that group Ė a lead elder or pastor with final authority. That is not what I am speaking about. That is not true plurality. Plurality means each elder is co-equal in ecclesiastical authority. Each elder may and should differ in function but decisions are made corporately with the input of the believers they care for. There is no lead pastor.

This is the answer to isolated and lonely pastors no matter what organization they are apart of. The fix to this problem is easily found in our Bible, if we care to look.

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