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Our pastor just announced today that his oldest son will serve on his board of directors and serve as his financial office, I feel that this is a conflict of interest. AM I wrong?

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Hello,Shira4368, sister believe it or not yes! I know about that church, they used to be look for people on this chat line( won't give name) they seem to have some weird contract with them.They advertise,claim they
want to help "save" the people on there,everone I knew who contact them,came out or back angry as "hell" if I can say,that no offence intended they say same as you!
This been some years,bk. Thanks! good see you! Shira4368 love of Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 10/13/13

Linda, I believe it could be a conflict of interest to have one family member in charge of the financial office, if possible it should go out to someone else. When that happens, gossip and rumors began. It is better not to have a relative in that office.
But you gave no details how that came about. Was the office open to anyone who wanted to volunteer? Maybe no one did. Or maybe there was no one with the education to take that office. So many things could have led the pastor put his own son. We do not know the details.
---Mark_V. on 10/13/13

I'm embarrassed when westboro B.C. is in the news. believe they are not a Baptist church. they call themselves that but they are a bunch of judgemental heretics. God will handle that one if not on earth it will be at judgement.
---shira4368 on 10/12/13

I hope that there was consultation of some kind, within the church, involving elders, deacons and members and that no decision was made on this without agreement. If this did not happen then this is more likely to be a cult rather than a genuine church.

If that is the case then beware or ask why this was not all done using the correct procedures. ALL members should have their say otherwise there is no point at all in 'being' a member.
---Rita_H on 10/10/13

Most churches I go into I find that the members do not want to be involved in most areas.
I see nothing wrong with the pastors son serving on the board of directors.
I personally would not have any of my kin dealing with any of the finances in any form. This is not an honesty issue but to keep down rumors. People like to attack the leadership about how money is used. Some leaders do abuse the donations given to the ministry which can lead to all looking evil.
---Elder on 10/10/13

Sounds like most denominational assemblies.
---michael_e on 10/9/13

In the Nigerian Baptist Convention, the congregation as a whole(in meeting called Church-in-conference) is the highest human authority of the church , it approves or annuls whatsoever the Pastor and or elders(church council) may decide. I admire this policy in the NBC.
---Adetunji on 10/9/13

For God so loved the world He sent His Son...just sayin'
---Phil on 10/8/13

Hello, Shira4368,this is ELENA, agree 100% about your view family run church,been to a few like that,neat lill clicks,nothing there for you if your don't fit the click.. Jesus was real,his heart is pure, He still alive today! told my friend how n NewYork really the lord showed me so much about life of Jesus ,how he touch anyone and change it,turn it around.
---ELENA on 9/7/12

Historically, most churches have been "family run" as they began in homes. Perhaps the son is the one most qualified in the church to handle the financial affairs.
---KarenD on 7/10/12

Most often, in political organizations, cronyism or nepotism is common. To see it in a Sect is a sign of apostasy. It is decision- making from a worldly viewpoint, and devoid of spiritual vigor.

It could be the best choice for his organization, to keep it functioning properly, since it is a political organization. I think this appointment of oldest son will ensure keeping God out of your pastor's affairs, which is what the world is doing, and likewise what your pastor is seeking, knowingly or not.

Being in a sect blinds people so they cannot see the Head, which is Christ.
---Phil on 7/10/12

"The family of Aaron ran the priest hood, so you are wrong."
---francis on 7/10/12

Aaron's family had delegated responsibilities as priest, but God ran the priesthood. They were held accountable to function in accordance with the word of God. So it is today! That's how a healthy, well-balanced church should operate. Dictator pastors "always" lead their congregations astray.

Checks and balances: All church elders should be accountable to their pastors. Likewise, the pastors should be accountable to the elders thereby making it very difficult for the church to go astray.
---Leon on 7/10/12

Family Run Church
Our pastor just announced today that his oldest son will serve on his board of directors and serve as his financial office, I feel that this is a conflict of interest. AM I wrong?
---Lady_Day on 7/9/12
The family of Aaron ran the priest hood, so you are wrong
---francis on 7/10/12

Every time I think of a "family run" church, the Westboro Baptist Church pops into my head.

While I'm sure there are some out there, I have never heard of a family run church that wasn't full of zombies in a cult like setting.
---NurseRobert on 7/10/12

i wish to respond to the title "Family Run Church" IF the family is God's, ie, Body of Christ, with Christ as head, God in control, there is no conflict of interest since all is God's interest. When man controls there's always conflict, enmity with God.
The true church IS His family, not necessarily earthly family. Christ divides even
Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division, for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law
---chria9396 on 7/10/12

I have visited churches who are family run. I don't want any part of that. usually those churches have their little cliques that cannot be penetrated.
---shira4368 on 7/10/12

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Lady_Day...Go somewhere where you can runs things the way you want.
---KarenD on 7/9/12

No, you're not wrong. This is a conflict of interest. The board of directors should be appointed by the church, NOT the pastor.
---NurseRobert on 7/9/12

If he has brought up his son right, his son can be very qualified and have a good relationship for doing business with his father, knowing well how the pastor is and does things Biblically.

But if he is not a real and honest person . . . how come you are in this church? Why have you stayed with a man you do not trust, when we are commanded, "Obey those who rule over you"? (in Hebrews 13:17)

It was a clever trick, how I used to stay with pastors I thought were wrong . . . instead of getting with someone whom God trusts and expects me to obey that person.
---willie_c: on 7/9/12

Apparently this is just another independent mis-called "non-denominational" church that is responsible to nobody but itself.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/9/12

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If you believe this set-up is a conflict of interest then you have a few choices. Begin to pray and seek the Lord in this matter.

Ignore the church officers set up and continue being active in the church. OR

Talk to the leadership of the church to express your concerns. OR

Change churches.
---Trish on 7/9/12

As this look like another nondenominational travesty of a church without bylaws or board of directors, I would advise you to leave this church immediately and associate with a connectional denominational church that has written protocols in place to deal with pastoral misconduct. And this is a clear case of Pastoral misconduct.
---Blogger9211 on 7/9/12

I would raise a concern yes just to propose a question about safeguards not as an attack but concern. No matter who runs the financial office, son or not. I would highly recommend some sort of outside financial bookkeeping or audit.
---Scott1 on 7/9/12

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