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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Salty, Apr 20, 2009.
How many pastors does your church have
I am not sure what you consider a pastor, but I marked all my church staff as pastors (meaning music, pastor pastor, youth pastor, etc. pastor, not secretary pastor.)
One - me! I'm also the music minister and youth leader.
We have a head pastor, an Assistant Pastor, and a Youth Pastor (teenagers), and a Childrens Pastor (infants on up but not teenagers). I personally think thats a lot of pastors. We also have deacons and small group leaders.
One Pastor- Bivocational no pay.
One Asst pastor (me) - Bivo no pay
In all my ministry, I was the only pastor and we had between 4 and 7 deacons, depending on availability. Members lef the SS, youth meetings and children's meetings.
I was the only paid member, including the clerical and janitorial services,,all volunteers.
Churches varied between 100 and 850 members.
PS. I personally think many churches are over-pastored!
We have 9 pastors;
I said 8+ too. I am serving in a larger context, thus the need for more pastors.
What is a worship pastor?
That's my hubby.
Oh! You want to know what he does? He actually has 3 responsibilities. He leads worship and manages the different worship teams (he has one and there are two others). He teaches classes on worship and mentors some of the young people in music and worship.
Additionally, he leads the college ministry and takes care of all things technical. He designed and manages the church website (I'm in charge of content but he does the programming and such). He was a computer engineer in his former life so this is a natural thing for him to do.
But his main focus is worship. That's his heart. He'd love to just lead worship all the time.
I voted wrong (I voted 5-7 - it should be 8:
Main pastor (no title except Pastor)
Family & Children (does the Sunday School for children and children's programs)
We also have a man in charge of adult Sunday School and a few other things but he's not a pastor, though I think he 's on staff.
Head (Teaching) Pastor
Executive (Financial) Pastor
Youth (Student) Pastor
Pastor to Children and Families
Mens Ministry Minister
Ladies Ministry Minister
WHEW! But that is what it takes to minister in our locale. The top 8 are full-time. The rest are bi-vo or voluntary, but no less dedicated.
One person has the office, and is the only paid staff, apart from the paid custodians, at some times. (Currently, we contract out the cleaning.)
We do have a fairly good size deacon body, and we run around 300 in attendance, each week.
How many more individuals may have the spiritual gift of "pastor and teacher" is another question, entirely, for I fully believe some of our fellowship possess this gift, as well.
FTR, I have not been given this shepherding gift, by any stretch.
(Goes against my nature to be 'real nice', I guess!)
We have two - BUT -
The "senior" pastor is actually a missionary with an independent board, and we are his main "assignment." He also provides services to a local hospital, and to the Police Department. The little money we give him is far short of what he needs to support his family.
The assistant pastor is from Cameroon, and is with us as he studies and prepares to set up a vacational school in his home country. We provide him a small salary and housing. In the meantime, his runs Baptism classes and visits our sick, and whatever else the Lord gives him to do.
So our two pastors work very hard, but are not well paid by us. If we had to provide their full support, we couldn't afford them, yet there is much work to do in the city.
Others who might be called "pastors" elsewhere, are just members of the congregation, applying their gifts.
One pastor. Four elders.
I was wondering the same thing. Administrative pastor? Recovery pastor? Family Life pastor?
I don't see any of these in scripture. We tend to make a lot of things up these days.
I'm sure that this is a perfectly legitimate title for a pastoral ministry. However, it struck me that, in another context, a lot of pastors could be referred to as "CYA".
He specializes in helping others "turn the other cheek."
I debated with myself about defining it the first time and decided to see what would happen. CYA= College and Young Adult.