what are the proper limits of pastoral authority? in areas not explicitly covered in scripture, is at appropriate for a pastor to set standards for his congregation to follow? i ask because in my family we live a pretty separated lifestyle (compared to many, certainly), based on my convictions about what god would prefer. often such convictions are specific applications of rather general verses, which i understand others might interpret or apply differently without them being "bad" christians. i would enjoy belonging to a church when such separation is more common, and one way it seems to me to achieve this is to attend a church with a "strong" pastor who has established similar rules for his congregation. but, certainly, i wouldn't want to support a church whose pastor is not acting biblically, only because it seemed to make my life easier. so what are the proper biblical limits of pastoral authority?