My friend MaÃ«l from “The Adventures of MaÃ«l & Cindy” has (finally!) completed his series examining various view of the “senior pastor”. His final post is called “The Senior Pastor – Fourth View: final comments.”
So what are the four views of “the senior pastor”? MaÃ«l describes them in his first post in the series:
- The senior pastor is the leader and has more authority (decision-making responsibility) than other elders/pastors.
- The senior pastor is the leader but has the same authority has other elders/pastors.
- “First among equals” – the natural leader comes to the top because of function and gifting, not title.
- There is no human senior pastor.
In his last post, MaÃ«l makes some final comments about this fourth view – no human senior pastor. By the way, MaÃ«l knows from experience that this can and does “work,” because he was one of our elders… and we do not have a human senior pastor, nor do we have a “first among equals.”