Reforming the Professional Ministry Paradigm

Readers of Lamb’s Harbinger 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/Seminaries as centers of spiritual authority and societal influence (especially among Christian thought) above the effective function of the local church, i.e. hierarchal, institutionalism & politicized religion (unification of Church & State).
  • 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 over time.
  • Lording over God’s heritage by organizational hierarchy, leading to more than a few spiritual and even criminal abuses & obsession with winning culture wars (i.e. occupying government & judicial offices, Super-PACs, lobbying, legislating a “Christian society” for non-believers).
  • 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.”

There is inestimable worth in scholars aiding the Church by providing its teachers & shepherds with reliable content. But, the worth of the Church’s teachers and pastors is in their readiness to assimilate & dispense content (FREE of charge) for the relational maturation & spiritual discipleship of believers.

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

Why Churches Don’t Need Senior Pastors | Richard Jacobson — Unchurching

Paul Wasn’t Sent to Baptize; Me Neither

The 3 Discrediting Faults of the Council of Nicea (325 CE)

East of Eden: the Origin, Evolution, and End of Religion | Bruxy Cavey — The Meeting House

The Love (Agapé) Feast is the Eucharist is the Lord’s Supper is Communion BUT is not a Ritual

New Testament Giving: Not What You’ve Been Taught

Why I am Post-Evangelical & Post-Denominational

4 Major Hurdles of Building Organic Church Community & How to Clear Them

Authentic Christianity is NOT a Religion; Jesus Abolished the 7 Pillars of Institutional Religion

10 Signs of a Cultic Church

Arriving at a Late Date for the Didache

Q&A: How Do We Avoid the Draw toward Toxic Power, to Institutionalize Egalitarian, Organic Faith Community?

The Betrayal of Jesus by… Eusebius

Reclaiming the Meaning of “Pastor” as Care Giver

“Preacher” and “Preaching”: Some Lexical Observations | Craig A. Evans

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

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 (*not endorsing institutional organization but a reflection of what the author once held*)

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

Frank Viola’s books: Pagan Christianity?, Reimagining Church, and Insurgence

The Institutional Church’s Existential Problem of Subjectivity

Origin of the Word “Church” | Andy Zoppelt

Articles — Searching Together | Jon Zens

How Not to Start a House Church | One Body Life

Why Francis Chan Left His Megachurch This is not an endorsement of Francis Chan; but it is a stark admission. Francis Chan is corrupt & a colonizer.

‪The “Great Commission” is NOT what Fundamentalist Evangelicals Say‬

Constantine The Puppet

7 Passages that Correct Pushy Pastors

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