I was told a local church has put into it’s ByLaws that only Ordained ministers qualify as pastoral candidates. Why would they do that?
There are many ministers out there who are continuing their education and desire to
pastor. Many of them would be excited to take a troubled small church and see what God can do.
Many who are Ordained, already have been pastors and led churches which have progressed and no longer desire the smaller church arena.
I know in our denomination, there are four levels of credentialing. All of these are designed to help the small church, help new ministers who are willing to take small churches to get started.
I for one am one of those who would take a struggling church. I know there is a difference between a ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ small church. Either of these would be fine with me. I feel the Holy Spirit can change the health of a congregation.
In speaking with a well known pastor of our area the last few days. He has led small churches to healthy and large ones. He has planted several churches and desires to grow more he made a comment to me that I feel is very true.. His comment was about a particular church “they are spiritual”.
The spiritual health of a church is very concerning. Many feel if ‘we just go to church on Sunday morning and nights and Wednesday’s we’ve done our part.” What’s “our part?”
Christ died for you and I and at no time have we ‘done our part’ to further the kingdom of God now repay what we do not owe.
In the church at Colosse, Paul had to write the Colossians to tell them they needed to change. They had permitted humanistic beliefs, false teachings and immorality to enter their congregation.
Many of our churches of today are the same way. This is what I mean when I talk about ‘healthy’ churches. Our churches have no vision. No mission.
Jealously has also entered the church. That’s why when the above pastor was getting ready to leave the church, the changed the ByLaws to require an Ordained “Man” only to follow him.
Ordination is only a man-made vehicle to assure educational requirements. This does not guarantee spiritual maturity. In this pastor’s situation, he is a jealous, well versed in Biblical knowledge, but immature in his spiritual walk. Jealousy has crept in and I really don’t feel he knows it.
Now the church is struggling to find an “ordained” minister who is a man and will come to a small town. This little dusty, western looking town could really use new blood in the form of a young minister, but most ordained ministers don’t desire to come to a small town.
The former pastor has done a great disservice to the church. There are spiritually qualified persons who would love to pastor the church, but have not progressed to the ordination level of denominational qualifications.
Leaders, be careful when you suggest limits and additional requirements on the church leadership as you leave. Don’t place the church in a difficult situation to fill the pulpit with binding ByLaws which cannot be followed. This only hurts the church!