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What Is the Minimum Age of A Senior?

Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by TCGreek, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. TCGreek

    TCGreek New Member

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    What Is the Minimum Age of A Senior Pastor?

    Can someone who is still in let's say his teens be an effective senior pastor, or say in his early twenties, maybe still in his twenties? Is there a minimum age limit?
     
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  2. SaggyWoman

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    I guess it depends on how big the church is. If there is ten people, a 20 year old might be a good senior pastor, being as he will be the only staff.
     
  3. Rippon

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    John Gill became the Senior Pastor at 22 , after an internship at another church .

    John Rippon , his successor ( and my namesake on the BB ) became Pastor at 20 .

    A fellow called Spurgeon became Pastor of the same congregation at 19 .
     
  4. Jim1999

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    I didn't know there was an age requirement. I thought it had more to do with spiritual maturity and leadership abilities. I pastored my first church at 19, whilst still a student in Bible College. The majority of members were over 50 years of age and precious few young people and I had been a Baptist for fewer than 6 months.

    It was at the close of the war in England, and few "men" were available to pastor many churches. What to do? Say I am too young and let the churches go barren?

    Frankly, I think we are modelling our churches under a business mentality rather than the task at hand. Some men do not mature at 50, and some are ready to go at a much younger physical age. Just look around!

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  5. Lacy Evans

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    I don't know the answer to that question, but my wife says that I can't let my voice quaver when I preach until I turn 60. :laugh:

    Lacy
     
  6. Squire Robertsson

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    Here I thought the question was what's the minimum age to belong the senior group. I was going to say 55.

    This is a completely different question. To me, "senior" pastor means a man with a pastoral staff. A pastoral staff means a church of a certain size. Size means somewhere north of 100 for at least one assistant.

    A man younger than 21 can pastor a small work. There are exceptions, Spurgeon comes to mind.
     
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