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How to Properly Sit UNDER Your Pastor if you're a church leader.

Updated: Mar 17

Hebrews 13:17 King James Version (KJV)

17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.


Sit down and Sit under


In contemporary times, a noticeable absence of established protocol, reverence, and dignity is observed within the Body of Christ. The influx of inadequately prepared individuals into ministry roles is becoming prevalent, lacking the essential knowledge on how to behave and carry themselves appropriately. These individuals often demonstrate a deficiency in wisdom and discernment when it comes to submitting to the authority of another pastor, often harboring ulterior motives, concealed agendas, and a fundamental lack of respect.

Ministers embarking on a new ministry role with a list of achievements (previous pastoral experience, theological education, evangelistic endeavors, aspirations of future church planting, among others) must acknowledge their position of submission to the overseeing pastor. The divine calling of the new pastor to lead and nurture the congregation signifies a shift in the minister's role to that of a congregant. It is paramount to grasp that equality with the pastor is not the aim, nor should one seek special privileges based on past accomplishments. Learning the virtue of respect is fundamental; it entails adopting a posture of humility and receptivity. This involves refraining from an eager anticipation to preach, recognizing the pastor as the appointed teacher ordained by God to provide spiritual nourishment to the congregation. The primary objective should be focused on learning rather than seeking opportunities to preach. Embracing the possibility of not preaching at all should be met with acceptance and contentment.


Furthermore, individuals called to preach are urged to take the message beyond the confines of church walls to the streets, where lost souls await salvation. By actively engaging in evangelistic efforts and bringing individuals into the church community, preachers can contribute to the spiritual growth of the congregation. It is a call to redirect the focus from seeking preaching opportunities within established congregations to reaching out to communities in need of the gospel message.


It is essential to approach your role with reverence by embracing the mindset that acknowledges, "I am under the guidance of my pastor to learn and submit willingly to their authority." Prioritize service without any underlying motives or aspirations for personal gain. Refrain from asserting your previous pastoral experience or academic background during interactions with the pastor or congregation as it may be perceived as disrespectful. Avoid seeking recognition through titles and maintain humility by considering yourself equal to others within the congregation. Displaying humility involves refraining from emphasizing personal accomplishments or designations.


Engaging with the congregation should center on serving and supporting the pastor's vision rather than pursuing personal agendas covertly. Building relationships with fellow members should not be overshadowed by frequent attempts to preach. Encourage growth within the church by bringing newcomers for the pastor's guidance.


Should the pastor grant you opportunities to speak or lead, approach these responsibilities with sincerity and confidence, rather than insecurity. Avoid presuming future roles within the church hierarchy; instead, focus on attending services, respecting the pastor's authority, contributing through service and financial support, fostering positive relationships, and refraining from discussing plans to establish your own church with church members, which is disrespectful.


Lastly, dispel any notion that spiritual leaders are hindering your progress out of envy. They aren't jealous, you're acting like a wolf! Disrespectful behavior may trigger caution from leaders, not due to intimidation, but as a precaution against disruptive tendencies.


Doc Murphy


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