Many Christians assume that retired or former pastors should not continue to attend the church they pastored as a member. I disagree with that. I am not talking about former pastors who were terminatd or caused a lot of conflicts. Let's say that a pastor feels led to start a full-time counseling ministry and many people at the church desire to give him an office for his counseling minsitry. He will not be paid a salary by the church at all. He will just get to use the office for free and continue to minister to people at church. Many pastors are not gifted in deep counseling and a full-time counseling ministry would be a tremendous blessing to the new pastor. I was very disappointed with the policy at http://www.ministerscouncil.com/Cle...onships/ethics_for_retiring_pastors_and_.aspx. I understand completely that sometimes retiring pastors can be controlling. But I feel that many retired pastors should be able to stay at their church if they desire. I feel this policy is legalistic. There is nothing in the Bible that says that retired or former pastors cannot stay at the same church that they pastored. There is definitely nothing wrong with former or retired pastors doing weddings, funerals, and baptisms. In fact, I know of one little boy who wanted his former pastor to baptize him in the creek and there were no objections. I think that churches should hire a new pastor who would be glad to work with the former pastors. There should be no jealousy at all. Good pastors would have no problem with the former pastor doing baptisms, funerals, and weddings. Now, I agree completely that the new pastor should be responsible for the administration of the church and that the retired/former pastor should not “run” the church. I feel that the policy limits what God could do. I know it has hurt a lot of families. Think about a pastor who has been at a church for about 17 years and his family has been a very important part of the church. I feel it is unfair to encourage pastors to stop attending a church they pastored. “Pat Christian answers” are not the best. I would be interested in hearing thoughts from different people on this matter. Don't focus on difficult former pastors or former pastors who caused some major conflicts. Think about laid back former pastors.