Reforming the Professional Ministry Paradigm

Followers of Lamb’s Haringer will recall many posts over the last 2-3 years, which call for a reformation of pastoral, professional ministry. For too long, American Christianity has followed the model set forward by Europe and Rome concerning professional clergy… a thing Jesus and the Apostles never demonstrated. The error has led to:

  • Denominations, Bible colleges and universities as centers of spiritual authority and sociopolitical influence above the local church
  • A resultant looking to charisma, credentials & “professional experience” as the determining factor in choosing church leadership, rather than also looking for emotional, relational & spiritual maturity.
  • Lording over God’s heritage by organizational hierarchy, leading to more than a few spiritual and even criminal abuses.
  • A consumerism in church-goers and corporate structuring and marketing (branding & traffic creation / maintenance) by leaders.
  • A dearth of spiritually mature Christians from quenching and grieving the Spirit (the One who directs and empowers His gifts to the Church)
  • A love/service of money &/ or notariety (power/influence/commercial prominence) among “men of God.”

I merely call for a reformation of that corrupt model in exchange for the biblical one, as is detailed in the posts below:

The 5 Step Solution for the 10/90 Problem

Book Recommendation: “Great Evangelical Recession”

The Other Master

The True Extent of Pastoral Authority, Parts 1 & 2

The Greatest Sin in the Church: Lording

5 Passages that Correct Pushy Pastors

Mercy Wins When Abusive Church Leaders Threaten

Civil Religion has No Place in God’s House

5 Warning Signs of a Controlling Pastor

On Meddling & Professional Ministry

Uncovering and Facing Spiritual Abuse

Abuse and Authority

Warning Signs of Spiritual Abuse, Parts 1 & 2

R.A.R.E. Leadership

Machetes, Enough and a Free Gospel

Is Church Membership Biblical?

12 Clearly Stated Facts on Biblical Church Leadership

Diagram of Biblical Church Leadership Roles

Spiritual Gifts: Discovering which Part of Christ’s Body God made You [Presentation]

The Scary Word: Give

A Portrait of the Church

What Really is the Church?

The Book of Micah (See esp. Part 2)

Free Pastoral Review Survey

Why do People Stay in an Abusive Church? | Counter Thought

The Kingdom of Heaven & Its Keys

Ray Steadman: Body Life

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