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  • Scott

    I agree that preachers should preach on stewardship.  I disagree with your assumed model of leadership.  There is no such animal in the Bible as the senior pastor who is the (single) spiritual leader of a church.  Articles like this place unreasonable demands on one man that biblically are to be shared by a team of elders.  The arguments you are making regarding stewardship are the same made by others regarding: missions, men’s ministry, family ministry, local evangelism, social justice, etc.

  • Beaver

    I think too much emphasis can be placed on the Pastor being the spiritual leader of the church with the result a certain amount of hesitation and dormancy can creep in among members. A church can be in danger of becoming a spectator activity if members can’t say: “The Lord is my Shepherd”, and “We are the sheep of His pasture”.  Thank God for every humble believer in the congregation who leads by setting an example in prayer, in Bible study, in fishing for souls and in sharing the fruit of the Spirit with others. “Follow Me”, said Jesus.

  • Phillip Stuller

    Great column/post.  I definitely think and believe that the pastor is the model of authenticity and realistic stewardship for any church.  In my experience it is greatly important in these messages that the vision that God has given the pastor for that community of believers.  This of course brings us back to your point of the pastor being the spiritual leader of a church and requiring him/her to dream and realize the passions of God for the community in which he has been placed.  Awesome points and great reminder. Thanks