Andrew Hamilton has an interesting post, something I haven’t thought very hard or long about. In it he asks this question:
“Can anyone provide a compelling biblical argument for the existence of paid pastoral staff within a local congregation?“
It’s an interesting question. He concedes that you could probably make more than one good pragmatic argument for paid pastoral staff he then also mentions his own experience of calling to ministry as perhaps a compelling argument. That got me thinking even more. If I re-phrased his question then we have another question that is often taken for granted or thought very little about:
“Can anyone provided a compelling biblical argument for the existence of a subjective call to the ministry of a local congregation?“
Life is becoming more and more complicated the more I study the Bible – the questions just keep on coming, and often they’re questions that impinge upon me directly – like questions about paid pastoral ministry. Anyone got any thoughts on these questions?