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. At the time of posting this blog article, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation dawns. Yet, those reformers and dissenters did not push their reform to the matter of church polity/governance. 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 societal influence (especially among Christian thought) above the effective function of 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 authentic one, as is detailed in the posts below:

Lamb’s Harbinger on Clement I

Nicaea: not Rome’s Authority

The Presbytery as Agency in Recognizing God’s Gifting and Calling

Rule Well and Double Honor in 1 Timothy 5:17

Ray Stedman Corrects Lording and Professional Ministry

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

Ignatius of Antioch: a Bloody Diotrephes

5 Passages that Correct Pushy Pastors

Mercy Wins When Abusive Church Leaders Threaten

Civil Religion has No Place in God’s House

Frequency of Narcissistic Personality Disorder in Pastors

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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