Very little if any. A pastor's responsibitliy if to provide the spiritual leadership of the church. The authority is really with the congregation and this is sometimes given to a board elected by the congregation.
---wivv on 1/18/08|
No one should have more authority over a church than the pastor,but God Himself.My pastor is not an island-we can call on her for anything,at any time,day or night.
---tina8476 on 1/2/08|
Pastors have no self-authority IN THE CHURCH.
---Jack_8773 on 1/2/08|
The reason Pastors have become islands in the body of Christ is partly due to the fact that the Five Fold ministry has lost it's place in the assembly, as found in Eph. 4:11. The intention of the fivefold is in 4:12 and the purpose in 4:13. Without it's recognition Timothy is incomprehensible.
---Brochelle on 1/2/08|
Our use of Pastor's today is a perversion of the Biblical use. Pastor's were not a paid position, rather is was a nurture position within the laity, just as elders, deacons, etc. Pastors were to nurture and equip(teach) the flock, as were the deacons and elders. "Pastoral care" is the responsibility of the congregation to uplift each other. See Acts.
---dan on 1/2/08|
None, but don't misunderstand this. pastors job is to teach and keep the peace. i do believe that pastors should have full control of their platformes. God is in charge of the church and then it's up to church board members to run the church, not the pastor.
---phila7788 on 1/2/08|
part 1 - the problem with pastors having authority is there is no check & balances. pastors think they are infalliable, never wrong that is why they CYA when they are rebuked especially when money is involved.
---noah_bright on 1/2/08|
pt 2 - then the elders & deacons of the church defend the pastors for lavish lifestyles. they have sin of commission & omission for not rebuking their pastor.
---noah on 1/2/08|
I don't have the answers necessarily but I think if a pastor CRAVES or DESIRES "authority" he/she should not be a pastor in the first place.
---Mary on 12/28/07|
There is no absolute answer to this--some congregations require a pastor to do a great deal, even with regard to mundane matters, while others need a pastor only for preaching and sacraments.
The hard thing is matching the right pastor to the congregation.
---Nancy on 12/23/07|
According to the Apostle Paul and the Early Church Fathers, the Bishop has the supreme authority over the Church. This authority is combine with the Deacons, presbyter, etc. Read 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy and see how the Early Church had offices.
The Bishop have the responsibilities to care for the flock and pass down the Truth with was entrusted to Him. He has the power to ordained other members for various offices (deacons, etc).
---Ramon on 12/23/07|
They should have some authority but not complete authority. One man/woman with total power over anything is very,very dangerous. But this is the way it is in most churches of today. Most of the members are afraid to speak up and say anything against the pastor for fear of losing positions or the pastor speaking against them. You may even be asked to leave the church.
---Robyn on 12/22/07|
John - Wow! Nice. So few see this truth. This is truth though as the NT church was shepherded by elders. Plural. Men who met the criteria found in I Tim and Titus. Check out new testament restoration foundation for some great info on this. If you study church history too you will find how the church went from the NT model to what we have today which is one man being the one who does it all.
---ShaunT on 12/21/07|
Power corrupts. No one should have more than limited authority in narrowly defined areas. All big decisions should be made by consensus of the whole group.
---InimicusStultitiae on 12/21/07|
When the Pastor and flock are brought together by the Spirit of God the Pastor shall have full control as he serves God and not man.
There will be no messages that water down the truth and if the members do not like it they can walk away.
The Spirit of God will lead all aspects of every service.
The pastor must answer to God for that flock and not a committee.
That is the problem with most churches. The committee votes in whom they want. Not neccessarily whom the Lord wants.
---Frank on 12/21/07|
Pastors are called to be **examples** to
the Flock, and are not called to Lord it over anyone.
---kathr4453 on 12/21/07|
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If one looks at the early church, the term pastor is an internal function. One that members do for each other, ie pastoral care. As all other positions it is gifted. Traditions of "the church" as they like to be called have made this a power position which it is not. It is a nurture position, and empathy is a big part. Equipping is another aspect and is very overlooked today.
---dan on 12/21/07|
Scripturally, the overseers (and the pastor is one) have authority in the church, not a pastor. It is one of the great errors of the modern church to have a pastor lifted to this position. It is not Scriptural and causes much harm in the body of Christ. You don't even see an example of this type of church govt. in the Bible.
---john on 12/21/07|
The answer is dependent if the church is a member of a convectional body or not. If the pastor is appointed external to the local church the pastor represents the appointing person or body making the assignment consistent with the polity of that denomination. If the pastor is selected/hired by the local church and there is no defined polity, the pastor only has the authority granted him by the congregation or their designated representatives.
---notlaw99 on 12/21/07|