Pastor Surrounds Himself With Those that Agree With Him

 

By Lupe Diaz – Pastor, Grace Chapel Benson

 

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)

 

It is good to have a board that works together in unity. I praise God for our group. All six of us work together well. We laugh, learn as we share ideas and observations and pray about what concerns the church.

 

It is essential for the leaders of the church to work together to to move the church church forward. Some people believe that unity in the church leadership is not good or it seems that way when they say, “Oh (you know the kind of OH I am talking about), pastor surrounds himself with people that will just go along. They just agree with him and place their stamp approval on what ever he wants”.

 

The scripture tells us that we should strive for the unity of the faith (Ephesians 4:3). Having unity in the board is Biblical. Some people don’t take the time to look at the word unity and believe that it is bad. Here is how it is used in the scripture. Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? (Amos 3:3)

 

So when someone said to one of our board members, “The board just goes along and pastor surrounds himself with people that will agree with him.” My response was “Well what is wrong with that? The Bible teaches us to walk in unity. That is the one thing that the devil is after, our unity.” Church member please remember this.

 

I wonder if the people who questions our well working board; are in unity with the rest of the body.

 

Many make the mistake in thinking that unity is uniformity. Making disciples is not a cookie cutter process where all of the believers look like one another. There is diversity in the body; yet we are unified. Just like our own physical bodies. We have a circulatory system, a respiratory system and and nervous system that all work together in unity, and we are glad they do; yet they have different functions that allow the body to function in a healthy manner.

 

It is the same with the church board. We are unified and we are all working for the health and welfare of the church. There is much discussion over the issues and policies that concern the church and there must be agreement.

 

Some of you have served may be serving on a church boards and have had various experiences; please tell us what your experience was like serving on a board and what others have said about it. Thanks for your reply.

 

Praying for the church at large and its understanding in such matters.

Pastor Lupe

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