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W E Parsons

Who is a pastor accountable to? To God alone? To the church? To both? Or to neither? Why?

Asked by W E Parsons 2 years ago theology church leadership pastor trends


Larry Pearson
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The pastor of a church is accountable to God and to the Church. The, Or to neither, I feel does not need an answer. The Why will be addressed shortly.

What is the Church? What are the signs and tokens of a Church? The visible Church consists of all those throughout the world that profess Christ as Lord and Savior along with their children and these are the house and family of God. It is a place where the gospel is rightly preached, the right administration of the sacraments, vice is repressed and virtue is cultivated.

What is the pastor? A pastor should be a person that has been regenerated by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. Being a pastor, is a function. A pastor must be able to transmit the gospel of Jesus Christ, encourage others and refute those who would oppose the truth.

In the following Scripture, by God's grace, I shall endeavor, as best I can, to answer the above question. What is in parentheses is mine and not part of the Holy Writ.

The heart of the pastor and the reaction and even the heart of a church is seen in the Pauline epistle to  1 Thessalonians 2:1 ?? 12, NIV.

Paul said, "You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure. We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition (accountability to God). For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. (Accountability to the Church). On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. (Accountability to God). You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed-- God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, (got your money) but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for little children (accountability to Church, nursing them) we loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God you. (Accountability to Church). You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. (Answers the Why) for you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory." (Accountability to Church to God and answers Why).SOLA DEO GLORIA

Larry J. Pearson  Reformed Minister

by Larry Pearson 2 years ago

Herb Strickland
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Everyone is first accountable to God. Pastor as well as other ministries are wrongly viewed as positions rather than functions. The Church in the beginning never had the idea of one man (the Pastor) being the soul ruler over a Church. Man & the thirst for power slowly began to set up Church government differently than God intended. As the early Fathers in the Church died off man was able to grab more power and authority because those who stood up and corrected them were now out of the picture. The term Pastor would better be Shepherd. The New Testament teaches a plurality of leadership of seasoned Elders ordained and called by God. They are to be co-equal in authority and purpose functioning in their God given ministries. This does not take away the authority of the Pastor rather it empowers him. It is hard for someone who has Pastor-ed under the mindset of them alone to comprehend doing it different. I know. When YOU went through all the hell etc. Of building a ministry and then to trust others with it, that is big. Am right now setting in a college class and unable to throw a lot of scripture but if you want more info from me I will do that later. Hopefully your question is not because you want to correct your Pastor or put him in his place. That would be a whole new study. PS. Hope this little bit helps you to take a new approach to how church government should be. God Bless.

by Herb Strickland 2 years ago

Francis Aniekan
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I think a Pastor is accountable to both God and the Church, First we hope that the Pastor is a Born again Christian and not assumed that He is just because he has a degree in theology or ministry proper. A pastor has a greater accountability factor than most as He is responsible for teaching the Church and challenging the Church. He is a servant first and foremost and is responsible for the direction of a Church which should be a separate entity in the community! If the church is failing its his responsibility to find out why and resolve it, if He can't do this there should be accountability and the church as a whole should gather and decide if its the Preacher or the church and make appropriate changes! This always seems to be a big problem I might add when a church finds themselves loosing people and the pastor has enveloped himself with a group of people it becomes difficult to fix the problem as the pastor has the majority vote by way of friends in the church structure and therefore the whole purpose of a church becomes skewed and the pastors friends keep him as pastor despite the fact he's not doing his job and points his finger at those who want the church to grow and full fill its purpose which is to preach & teach the Gospel. So yes the pastor is accountable to both and the Church should as a whole know when its time to change! The question is: Is the Church hindering growth? Is the pastor? Or are Both?

by Francis Aniekan 4 months ago

Effang Effang
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A pastor is having a dual accountability; vertically to God and horizontally to the church. The reason is that a pastor is called by  God with the main purpose of preaching the gospel and tendering the flocks. Account of how pastor handle the gospel and the flocks is being kept for him daily. This is the type of accountability that a pasptor is rendering, and this will form the bases of the judgement on the last day - Rev 20: 11-12.On the other hand the church also assigned some specific duties to pastors that requires accounting for. For instance where a pastor is exposed to the church fund, it is needful for the pastor to make an account at any given time on how he uses the fund. Moreover, a pastor has a duty to ensure that the flocks are well fed . This is another area that the church may require accountability from the pastor. In this case a pastor himself keeps the account of all his performances and render same at appropriate time to the church.

by Effang Effang 1 year ago

Ellen
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I think that a pastor should be accountable to both God and to church community in which he serves.  If a pastor is not accountable to his church people, then how are the people in the church supposed to place their trust in him?  And why should they even support the church at all if the pastor is not accountable?  Far too many times when I have tried to turn to someone in church with a problem, he or she would be quick to cut me off or say "sorry, I can't help you."  If you can't even get anyone to acknowledge you as a valid person in a church, then what is the point in even going?   As far as serving in or supporting a church, the people who attend need to have the free will to decide for themselves whether they want to make the time or put extra resources in the church.

I remember when I used to go to a Lutheran church during my teens and early twenties, people in the church were always approaching me to either give or make the time to church because God is more important than me.  I think that all churches need to stop using the line that God is more important than anything in a person's life.  Afterall, God put each of us on this earth to carry out specific callings; not necessarily the same callings that someone else has.  From experience, I have learned that if I am to put extra effort into something, there should be a purpose for it.  So, if someone tells me that I need to fork over the extra dollars that I have, I owe it to myself to find out what they would use it for, and if it is more important than my needs or goals.  So in supporting a church community, it needs to be a two-way street.  No one is going to give you anything, so why should it be any different for you.  

Sorry about rambling, but as far as church goes, it is not a cut and dry situation.  There are all kinds of things that factor in.  It is not how or how much the Gospel is preached, but how it is carried out.  The Pastor must serve as an example, just as any person serving whether it be an elder or alter server.  Then the church community should follow the example.  So walk the walk and not just talk the talk.

by Ellen 1 year ago

Peter Mahoney
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Must be to both...

by Peter Mahoney 2 years ago

Alberto Fernandez
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In general, the Pastor is accountable to both God and church.

by Alberto Fernand...  2 years ago

Reginald Taylor
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Because pastors are called and appointed by God to be shepherds of Christ's flock, they are accountable to God.

Also because pastors are STILL a part of the Body of Christ, they are accountable to the church as well. No pastor has all of the Spiritual Gifts and therefore need others; as much as the others. Pastors are not immune to mistakes or the flesh. They need their spirits fed too. They have increased responsibility, but each one is still a Child of God. Pastors pray for their congregation and the congregation members are expected to pray just as much for their pastor as they do for themselves and others. A pastors holy calling does not exclude them from life, trials or suffering.

It is important to point out that pastors are also accountable to the Word they preach. They have responsibility to study much, pray much and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

by Reginald Taylor 2 years ago

Todd Morgan
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I think a Pastor is accountable to both God and the Church, First we hope that the Pastor is a Born again Christian and not assumed that He is just because he has a degree in theology or ministry proper. A pastor has a greater accountability factor than most as He is responsible for teaching the Church and challenging the Church. He is a servant first and foremost and is responsible for the direction of a Church which should be a separate entity in the community! If the church is failing its his responsibility to find out why and resolve it, if He can't do this there should be accountability and the church as a whole should gather and decide if its the Preacher or the church and make appropriate changes! This always seems to be a big problem I might add when a church finds themselves loosing people and the pastor has enveloped himself with a group of people it becomes difficult to fix the problem as the pastor has the majority vote by way of friends in the church structure and therefore the whole purpose of a church becomes skewed and the pastors friends keep him as pastor despite the fact he's not doing his job and points his finger at those who want the church to grow and full fill its purpose which is to preach & teach the Gospel. So yes the pastor is accountable to both and the Church should as a whole know when its time to change! The question is: Is the Church hindering growth? Is the pastor? Or are Both?

by Todd Morgan 2 years ago

James Thomas
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I think we are to be accountable to God and a true spirit filled man. Men of God have to be accountable to another man of God, and on and on. A individual that say their being accountable to God only is not to be trusted they can come up with anything and they usually do, cause that's what Satan what's you to be alone and put stuff in their minds and say God told them.

   But they all have to have the real spirit of God, It is a waste of time to be accountable to the natural man that do not know of the spiritual things, and that is what is happening in ourdays. So it is like a great big corporation these leaders do not have the spirit of God.

   With rules like the world corporations and business like mannerism someone may not be being lead, by the spirit I think the true church needs nothing from the world systems.

by James Thomas 2 years ago

Charles Evans
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Many people who are not in business, think that those who are have it made.  They don't have a boss who is telling them what to do, they can come and go as they please, they set their own salary,  and basically all the profits are theirs.  Actually, it is just the opposite and every person they do business with becomes their "employer/boss", they tell them what they want and how they want it done and how fast they want it finished, and for the most part are looking over their shoulder the entire time.
Many people look at Pastors and Ministers the same way, oh...they have it made. They only have to "work" on Sunday and maybe Wednesday and the rest of the time they are eating with folks and playing golf.  Actually it is just the opposite, Pastors are seemingly accountable to not only everyone in their congregation but to everyone else in and outside of town.
But, who does the Pastor submit himself to and ask for accountability is most important.  God is first as it is with every Christian.  His church leadership ie. Board/elders etc. Would be second, and one who knows him better than most, his wife/husband would be third.
Why?  Anyone who does not submit themselves to anyone is not submitted to God, and thus rebellious in his heart and life.  Submission to God and others keeps us accountable and our accountability keeps us in line with scripture.  If I am not a man under Authority, I cannot be a man of Authority.  "He who is the greatest among you, let him be the servant of all."

by Charles Evans 2 years ago

Billy D Squires
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If you ever hear of a Pastor who says he only answers to God, grab your wallet and run!

A Pastor is first of all a Christian (hopefully) and has to keep his heart right before the Lord, and he has to bring his people before the Lord daily. When the Lord gives the Pastor a word for the people, the Pastor needs to be bold enough to bring that word. No shepherd should be afraid of his sheep. That is one side of the coin.

On the other hand, the people are fellow heirs of the Kingdom and also are able to read their Bibles and hear from the Lord.

There should also be a board of Elders (or leaders, or whatever they may be called at that church) who are able to be an advisory board to the Pastor, and can many times hear from the Lord in an area where the Pastor may be missing it.

They are not ruling over the Pastor, but are there as advisers. He needs to be able to appreciate them as gifts to him from the Lord. "In the multitude of counselors, there is safety."

There is a fine balance that Pastors need to walk in. If more of them were indeed answering to the Lord, there would not be so many scandals in the ministry. If more of them were indeed able to take counsel and input from the godly men and women who are available to them, there would again be fewer scandals in the ministry.

Godly leaders are a safety net for the Pastor.

by Billy D Squires 2 years ago

Ian Mckerracher
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We must pay attention to this issue with a great deal of interest. It is, by no means, a simple affair, nor is it an affair that we can dismiss easily. It is my opinion that it is vital to the function of the local Church and ultimately  to the Church Universal.
First, we need to define our terms. What does it means to be accountable? Do we give up autonomy for some subservient existence under the rule of another? It strikes me that God, in His eternal wisdom sees our free will to be of unmost importance. Without it we cannot choose to obey Him; we cannot experience salvation. Accountability must mean something other than giving up that valuable gift.
I think accountability is giving a trusted friend access to your heart. It provides a second conscience to help negotiate through some of the trickier portions of the moral path. If you don't think that there are these areas, you are not living close enough to your heart. ( or to people who need God in their world) This is, like everything else in the Kingdom of God, a specific design of a godly relationship for a particular purpose.
That kind of openness is ugly when it is done too overtly. A pastor (or anyone) who is confessing to people without the heart-to-heart relationship  with the hearer is imposing upon them, what may constitute emotional abuse. It would not be a godly act.
Just an aside...submission is a different topic, even though it is related to the issue of accountability. Maybe some other answer.

by Ian Mckerracher 2 years ago

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