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Old 11-20-2007, 01:22 PM
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Has "Church" become a "Family Business"??

I see many churches where the Children of the Pastor have now grown and many have stayed home to become Asst. Pastors/Assoc. Pastors and Women's Pastors/ Church Secretary/ and then their children become leaders and there is not much room for others...

and the Family Name becomes iconic symbol of the Church...

Is this wrong?

There is a church I have friend who attends there and the Pastor's Married Daughter literally runs the Church. It is rather large but it is known that her word is like coming from the Mouth of the Pastor and to say something against her or have a different idea is something that is not much appreciated or accepted...

and her husband a evangelist is out preaching 3/4 of the month....

now there may nothing wrong in this... or with this...but is the Family who Leads the Church becoming to powerful in the Church?

Many Churches that have been run by the "family" seems to be losing many members that have been there for years... IS this an isolated incident or do people actually after awhile tire of this happening?
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Old 11-20-2007, 01:45 PM
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in many places it has become a family business where it's past on to the son or son in law. It comes from not following biblical eldership/ministry.
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in many places it has become a family business where it's past on to the son or son in law. It comes from not following biblical eldership/ministry.
Saw this happen in my former church. He often preached to the church a message that should have been titled, " Hey. you have to love my wife"

Really hurt a the church. They finally resigned and moved on, but not before much damage was done.

Nepotism is a sad thing in almost all cases.
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Old 11-20-2007, 02:48 PM
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I have seen this happen far too often.

Just want to point out tho that it is not only in Apostolic circles that this is going on. Look at many of the mega-ministry works out there. Even including ones like Billy Graham (not that Franklin Graham is bad, but........)
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Many believe the ministry is still LEVITICAL.
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Old 11-20-2007, 02:54 PM
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My first reaction is that it is a bit unfair to say or imply it is a problem with the Apostolic community (which it IS a problem by the way) because it is a problem with everyone and everything. Politics, business, sports, "special" clubs, and even the mafia. It is all about relations, who you know and who knows you. And yes, even in the church.
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Saw this happen in my former church. He often preached to the church a message that should have been titled, " Hey. you have to love my wife"

Really hurt a the church. They finally resigned and moved on, but not before much damage was done.

Nepotism is a sad thing in almost all cases.
Amen, might shock some, but pastor wife is not a position in the church.
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I have seen this happen far too often.

Just want to point out tho that it is not only in Apostolic circles that this is going on. Look at many of the mega-ministry works out there. Even including ones like Billy Graham (not that Franklin Graham is bad, but........)
Don't forget that the Graham ministry is a parachurch organization and not a church.
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Amen, might shock some, but pastor wife is not a position in the church.
Years ago, I was using a web site called the ChristianCafe.com and a good 40-50% of the women there wanted to be "pastors wives" -and nothing else would do! It makes me think that many DO consider it an actual position. Sort of like being "Queen".
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Ahhhh yes...

These threads come up every once in a while.

While there are certainly sons and son-laws of pastors who are not qualified to feel the pulpit many are. Many have given their (sons) beside their parents helping to dig out a work in a city. Many have a calling to that city and a burden for that city. Many have worked very hard....so don't lump everyone together.
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