The Pastor is not the boss

In many churches it seems as though the pastor is the boss and it should not be so. The pastor is supposed to be a shepherd. Have you ever watched sheep? For the most part the sheep come and go where they please and do according to their own will. The Shepherd ensures that they have sufficient food and water and that their boundaries are safe. He also oversees their health and wellness. So it should also be with the pastor and the church. The pastor should be like a servant of the church, someone who is helping the church to live well and who is looking out for them. The boss should be God! Now God will be our boss if we have exercised our free will and surrendered it to Him. In other words we have chosen to become a servant of God in all things.

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Even though churches have a leadership, we are to be led by The Holy Spirit. Now the leadership may recommend things to us but we should pray about them to see if that is what God is saying to us. That is right submission to leadership. If we do not agree with what the leadership has recommended to us, we should be free to say so to them. If we feel compelled by leadership to do anything, then that leadership is out of order. At that time we should ask God what to do. He may ask us to pray for them. You see leaders are not perfect, but God is. If you expect your church leadership to be perfect and to have everything right, then you have an unrealistic expectation of them. We should be relying on God because He is never wrong. If you rely on leadership for direction then you have a problem. You can however ask God to show you why and He will help you. 

MATTHEW 23 : 1 - 12 NKJV
23 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. 11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

From verse 8 "One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren." Many church leaderships wrongly assume the role of being your teacher. Yes there is a Holy Spirit gift of teaching and that is good. If you pray about what is being taught to you then you will soon see who is gifted to teach, but do not accept everything that they teach you. God desires that we would seek Him as our 
Teacher and just because you may have an annointed teacher in your midst, everything that that person says may not be perfect. So I recommend that you always ask God to show you the truth in all things and that will make Him your Teacher. 


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