Hello, folks. I need some Godly and Biblical advice on a problem we have at our local church. I shall call our church "XYZ Baptist Church." I am the chairman of deacons. The Pastor has a vision for our church and how it needs to grow. He said that God gave him this vision after much prayer. He said as much to me personally and in letters to all the other deacons. I've read his plan and vision and I think it is good stuff. The Pastor feels so strongly about this, that he's taken a stance on it such that either two things will happen: Either the deacons support him or if not, he will resign. Or, those deacons who will not support him need to step down. Our oldest deacon responed to the aforementioned letter in writting. He addressed it to the rest of the Deacons and to the Pastor. Some excerpts are below and I'd like your sincere comments and advice. Dear Deacons and Paster John Smithie: I am writing this letter and requesting that it be read at the December __th meeting in lieu of me attending in person. First of all, the Pastor does not "lead" XYZ Baptist -- but is the Spiritual teacher to the congregation. The Deacons should be the leaders and the congregation are the financial supporters, without these, the Pastor's roll (sic) would not exist. You have requested in your letter that everyone come prepared to the meeting to answer the three questions: 1. Do you believe without any doubt that God has called me (the Pastor) to lead XYZ Baptist at this time? I believe that you are called to spititually feed and teach the word of God to the congregation...at this time, but it should be a full time service versus part time based on the time you spend going to school. 2. Do you believe without any doubt that God has called you to serve as a deacon under my leadership? Yes, except I am serving as a deacon under the leadership of God and not the Pastor and plan to do so until God chooses for me to do something else. 3. Are you going to be able to faithfully support me as your pastor as we seek to lead XYZ baptist in the future? Yes, I will continue to support you and XYZ Baptist as I have in the past by continuing my roll (sic) as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and my financial support of tithes and offerings to XYZ Baptist. Due to the fact that I have not always agreed with some issues in the past at Deacons meetings and was not supported by those in attendance with my opinion, I opted to not attend the meeting in person. In God's word, it states that there will be disagreements, and even though I do not agree with all issues that are made at XYZ Baptist, I do continue to support the Pastor's direction and spiritual teaching. I have no desire to resign as a deacon of XYZ Baptist and will continue God's work as He so leads me. I have given this serious thought and spent much time in prayer and felt it on my heart to share. May God bless all of the leaders, teachers and the congregation of our church as we seek God's vision for XYZ Baptist in 2009! 1st Issue: The Pastor read the above this morning and said that the Deacon's stance was unbiblical and that the deacons are the servants of the church and not the leaders. And that the Pastor is the leader. I know the Biblical role of the Deacon and I do not see that they are leaders, except only by example in the way they live their lives...I do not find "Bosses of the Pastor" in Acts. 2nd Issue: I love our Pastor, but I am having a hard time with him taking such a hard line on this. I mean, the man's direction seems to be good and it is based on reaching the un-churched and un-saved, but my personal misgiving is his way of basically saying "we all had better agree on this, or I shall step down or you as a deacon shall step down." I mean, should I be happy that I have a Pastor with some conviction, or am I heading into Jim Jones territory? So any kind and heartfelt advice would be greatly appreciated.