I have always wrestled with the church being governed by the congregation … mostly for one reason. I worry that the congregation may very well reject a pastor due to a resistance to the truth being preached. For me this issue is theoretical, but I see it as a possibility. That said, I have always attended a church that elected its pastor and leadership by a congregational vote. The church I attend now is/was that way. What is odd to me is that we now seem to have our leadership dismissing and calling pastors. They present them and allow the congregation to welcome them, but by the time they are announced it is a done deal. Several years ago our newly called senior pastor announced that one pastor had resigned in order to follow another opportunity. In reality he was on a mission trip and the senior pastor told him to resign or be fired. A search committee found a replacement who was being called to the ministry and to our church…it was, basically, a divine appointment. In reality the replacement pastor was a friend of our new pastor from his previous church and had no pastoral experience. Now we are welcoming a new pastor who was chosen by the leadership (he is a friend of another pastor at our church). The leadership calls the replacement and the church is welcome to affirm that calling…but the called pastor is already chosen. This is done behind the scenes by the leadership. So here is my problem. I don’t mind a church not being governed by the congregation, but I do mind the deceitfulness of our leadership. If we are no longer governed by the congregation that’s fine…as long as it is in the bylaws and the members affirm the new form of church government. But even then, I feel it is wrong of the senior pastor to lie to the congregation regarding the reasons for the replacement. Anyway…just venting I suppose. I love the church and our senior pastor is an excellent preacher (I believe some of the other pastors just needed a job). How does your church dismiss and choose pastors?