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Nepotism in Ministry

Discussion in 'Full and Part Time Ministry' started by ChicanaRose, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. ChicanaRose

    ChicanaRose Well-Known Member

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    Do you see this happening in your church, and how do you feel about it?
     
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  2. Paidiske

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    Can you describe what you mean? Like, family members of the clergy being given particular roles in the church, or something?
     
  3. ChicanaRose

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    Young pastors are usually not allowed to preach, but the pastor's son gets to preach fresh out of seminary kind of thing.
     
  4. Paidiske

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    I haven't seen that. I have seen young men given those sorts of opportunities, but not young women. Not exactly nepotism, but in the same sort of field of problems...
     
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  5. Aussie Pete

    Aussie Pete Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I saw it in a church I used to attend. It imploded a few years after I left. I believe that God calls people to ministry, it is not inherited. That said, Bayless Conley's son preaches a sound and encouraging word (Cottonwood church California). I am also bemused by the instant appointment of spouses to the position of pastor in some denominations.
     
  6. ilovejcsog

    ilovejcsog I am a Christian mutt. You can call me Rox

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    I like Bayless Conley I used to watch him on tbn but then he left and he isn't on any of the Christians stations. I didn't know if maybe he wasn't getting enough money to pay for a tv service. I still on occasion give to his ministry. I didn't realize his son was in the ministry. Thanks for mentioning him:)
     
  7. Aussie Pete

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    No problem. They are closing down external offices and going on line. They are doing a lot of evangelism in Europe. I believe Bayless is more evangelist than pastor. It will be good if he gets more freedom to evangelise.
     
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  8. Albion

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    It depends on the denomination (or non-denom), doesn't it?

    In my church it never happens; but with some unaffiliated congregations that were started by a single evangelist (like Jerry Falwell), it is almost to be expected.
     
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  9. carp614

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    So yeah, I've seen this. My Pastor's whole family is involved in Ministry at our church. The thing is, they all contribute to make it better. So, is it nepotism? Maybe it is technically. Is it hurting the church? Not that I can see.

    Honestly, his kids are so talented and so good at ministry that I think the church would suffer if they left. It would be tough to build a worship team better than the one we have now. They are as good as any I have seen.

    I find it vaguely troubling. If they were not qualified for what they are doing it would definitely bother me.
     
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