This is sad. Another pastor taken down by sin. Now, I think these cases are the exception. Our churches are largely filled with good men and women who lead. But the fall of pastors is still too prevalent and it has me thinking about the "Senior Pastor" model. The liabilities are many:
#1 - The senior pastor is looked to
primarily for leadership that reflects charisma rather than character.
a single primary pastor, whether consciously or unconsciously, he alone is
relied upon to be the “face” of the ministry.
And in our culture, it’s charisma not character that makes a lasting
first impression on people. Therefore,
many churches depend upon his celebrity status to represent their ministry. New attenders, enamored by a personality,
choose to join a church primarily on that basis. Indeed, in many cases a senior pastor’s
character is an afterthought.
#2 - The body of believers is much more
susceptible to the development of an unhealthy co-dependence on the senior
The “Senior Pastor” model, when combined with
the widespread dysfunction found in American culture, encourages a co-dependent
relationship between pastor and parishoner that is detrimental to the spiritual
health of the body. Thus, the typical
believer experiences an unhealthy need to connect with the senior pastor on
some level before he or she can connect to that particular church.