A friend messaged asking for my “take” on all the different pastors in the church these days. Senior pastor, student pastor, worship, adminstrative, children’s, and executive pastor–the list is endless.
He said, “Why don’t we have just one pastor?”
The quick answer, of course, is that pastor means shepherd, and these various ministers are shepherding a part of the flock. The larger the flock, the more shepherds are needed. It’s a noble concept and has the full support of scripture. Whether one could blame the Bible for the “senior” business or “executive pastor” thing is another question. (But if a church wants to label its ministers that way, personally I’m good with it.)
I do think it’s almost funny how the pastor of some tiny flock somewhere will list himself as “senior pastor.” But we laugh only to ourselves. It’s his business and not ours.
An angry commenter–responding to something someone wrote about the “administrative assistant” in their church–took off on the unscriptural nature of that position. “Show me an administrative assistant in the church,” he said, with the complete confidence they couldn’t do it.
He didn’t ask me, but I could have.