What is the pecking order in most churches? Who is peer or equal to each other? The question comes out of a situation at a local church in our area. One of my friends is a deacon. During one of the deacons meetings, a question was asked of the pastor. The question was, “Do you as a pastor have any peers in this congregation?” The pastor was taken back by the question, and danced around it for a while, but after some further dialog, stated that he, the pastor, did not have any peers in the congregation. Should the pastor have this view? Does the pastor of a church have the top position, and therefore, does not have any peers? Who is the peer of a pastor? Another pastor? How does this view reconcile with 1 Peter 5? If a pastor views himself without peers, how does he keep himself from “lording over” the group? Is the pastor over everybody in the same way? That is, does a pastor have authority over the men (husbands) and the women (wives) without any differentiation?