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Deadly Viper Blog

August 13, 2009

Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite with Deadly Viper just continue to amaze me with their insights. They put out great material and thought provoking commentary…Here’s a recent sample…The Problem With The Pastor Title

“My basic point is that I think this whole title thing is stupid. And set up unhealthy situations. In many ways titles can feed a culture of ego, celebrity, and power. I also think it promotes a system that sets a leader above others.” Mike Foster

I grew up as a “preacher’s kid” in a non-denominational Christian Church, which historically has avoided reverential “titles” for their staff. My dad always referred to himself as a minister when someone asked what he did, and he was always just “Frank” when anyone asked who he was. He was, is, and always will be just a man, and never sought glory from a title just because of his position. He chooses to serve and lead by example.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with calling someone “Pastor Whoever”, but what do you think about ministry leaders who insist on being referred to with a title (Pastor, Reverend, Father, etc.)? I’m about to make a sweeping generalization, and I’m sure there are exceptions, but in my experience those who EXPECT to be referred to by the title also usually expect deferential and preferential treatment from others, and feel that they really are a step above other people. I really hate seeing “Reserved for Pastor” on a parking spot right by the front entrance…if Jesus lived in our age he would never dream of having a reserved spot by the front door…he would be parked in the grass overflow parking lot farthest away to save the convenient spots for others.

Maybe this is too much to read into a “simple” thing like a title…what do you think? What’s been your experience?

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