Did you hear about the scandal that may be brewing surrounding Pastor X, the pastor of Church X with over 500,000 members in Abuja Nigeria? He has been accused of various indiscretions by his Wife and Even his Congregation and other Marital Abuse issues
But we are not to Judge lest we be judged and with same measure but we all know there is a judgement day and those who fear to judge according to the requirements of God's ways are probably not doing God's Ways and thereby are champions of not judging others but Christ calls us to be Ye perfect and this cal is for us to be able to make Perfect Judgements Amen.
We assume Pastor X is innocent until proven otherwise.Other X type churches have been accused of Turnign the Church purse into their Personal Bank Account and making their members Personal ATMs that never breakdown ..
What I want to focus on is the Achilles’ heel of these mega churches. But first, the following is copied and pasted from one of these kind of church’s X web site:
"Church X has entered the new millennium stronger than ever with over 25,000 members. Called to Conquer, a new book by Pastor X, hits the scene in the year 2000. Church X moved into a magnificent new place of worship, the Church X Cathedral in spring 2001. The 5 Billion Naira complex seats 100,000 people and contains administrative offices, a library, a 1700-square foot bookstore, a computer lab, a kitchen, audio and video studios, a nursery and more. Church X sponsors various programs and events that minister to people locally, nationally and internationally. Thousands have discovered their destinies due to the continual sacrifice of Senior Pastor X, a man after God's own heart. To God be the glory!"
The category of mega church which falls into includes the following characteristics:
1. The congregation’s ministry tends to focus on one person, the pastor.
2. The pastor wields enormous authority and power.
3. The pastor acts as a CEO and chooses the board of directors who decisions re. governance.
4. The message preached by the pastor is PROSPERITY, i.e. if you give your life to Christ and obey him, you will prosper.
The Achilles’ heel is accountability. Much like the CEOs of Lehman Brothers and AIG, the man at the top makes the decisions and the stakeholders have to trust that he his making those decisions with their best interest in mind. That’s why, in almost all cases, the pastors of these mega churches are charismatic folks who are capable projecting an image to thousands of people in one auditorium that they are trustworthy.
There’s very little transparency in these organizations. To function as a staff member in a congregation like Church X , you have to be OK living under the authority of the boss. And, when the boss retires or dies, the organization hits a crisis.
Pastor Y , the pastor of Church Y Christian Center in Forest Park, runs in the same circles that Pastor X runs in. When the news of X’s problems hit the news, one Religious Reporter from the reporter C Tv mention Pastor A & Pastor B as ministers with a similar profile as that of X. Both pastors have spoken at Church X & Y many times.
Whenever I’ve called Church Y to get information for a story over the years, the person to whom I’m talking always has to check it out with Pastor Y.
So identified is Church Y with Pastor Y that many of the programs there are referred to as coming from Pastor Y Ministries rather than from Church Y.
The advantage of that kind of authoritarian organizational structure is that it is efficient. Decisions get made and things get done. The disadvantage is that when the leader stumbles, the whole organization falls and gets broken bones and bruises.
I know several intelligent, competent, educated people who belong to Church Y . They trust their pastor completely. For their sake, I hope there continues to be no scandal at Church Y . My worry is that Pastor Y shares the same sinful human nature as I have, and I wouldn’t trust myself with that much power.
When A Church is known for its Pastor not for whom the pastor is supposed to be pastoring for and for the congregation .. For Pastoring is another Word for Servant not for Who is the Greatest
We are called CHRISTians not PASTORians
Are You a Congregation X member with a Pastor like X or Y ?
God Bless You.
And don't let anyone call you 'Teacher,' for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. ... "Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ
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