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Is Pastoring Supposed To Be Full-Time Or Not?

Why are do we have church all over the whole place?Most people after graduating and fail to get job,starting a church will be their next option.We all that goes to church read our bible both in the church and during our spare time at home.These pastors,are they reading anything apart from the bible that will keep them busy from doing a normal job to the pastoring?I can count over 150 churches just in my area in Sabo{kaduna},and they all carry different funny slogans. I dont know if fellow NL members know what i dont know,IS PASTORING SOPPOSE TO BE A FULL TIME OR NOT?

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Pastors! Hmmn may God help us all.

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^^Are we in Royal Priesthood or what? Jesus Christ is the one and ONLY HIGH PRIEST, any other one is FAKE

Church is not the building, it is the BODY of BELIEVERS

Temple is not the building, it is the Christian that have Jesus Christ as his/her personal Lord and Savior.

Committee of Elders/Deacons or what have you are supposed to head a body of believers not one CEO.

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Are pastors called in nigeria today? Or people go into pastoring after becoming jobless for some time.

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YES,YES,YES. Pls note that my yes is emphatic. I knew i was called when i was in the higher institution but disobeyed and went work in a bank and rose to be the manager of a branch, yet i had to leave to ensure obedience.

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Pastoring is according to calling. either full time or part time. Just like the prophets of old, They had different callings. Some fulltime some part time. We have Major and minor prophets. Same goes for pastoring. It is according to Gods calling. It is not a job ( employment) but rather a responsibilty. Different pastors have their abilities and gifts. Teaching, miracles,healing, evengelistic, and prophetic. I can say we have some miinor pastors and major pastors in a sense. The level of calling determine , the devotion, either its full time or part time. A man does not pastor because he is unemployed. He wont survive it . You dont call yourself.

Hebrews 5:4

And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

Ministry is a responsibilty that requires focus. It is not Every pastor that is a teacher . but to be a teacher sound very light . As though you just read up and teach , whats the big deal. There is big deal. He has to pray and intercede for the sheep.Take the early church for example. the early apostles needed so much focus that even when mumuring occoured , they had to raise other people. so that they can focus.

Acts 6:2-4

Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. [3] Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. [4] But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

Some needs to pray and fasting for several days , and will require isolation . Who will employ that kind of person.

It takes sacrifice for people to function in ministry. The joy of a minister is in the results in the lives of his members. Many pastors have faced being ostracised and heavy persecution. From fathers , mothers. who will call them wasters because they abandoned family dreams to enter ministry. it is only a call that could make a man do that. Some have to resign their jobs face hunger for a period, just to answer God. Nobody sees the periodd of the pastor' s challenge. But over the years , when the result is showing and members are blessing them, attacks will come. If its a business as some of you claim why dont you start one? and see how sweeet the business is. When you say "Shout alleluyah" someone will say ,"take 1 million!" A pastor may receive gifts from people who's lives he has touched but his heart is not on those things. A pastor fasts often. He has to put himself right spiritualy. If not he will stop having result.

Many pastors would not be permitted of God to work. Like the priest and levites. But God allow some to do other things. It is not a law but it depends on callings. The fact that Paul did some business does not mean it was a law. Paul didnt marry either. does it mean it is wrong for pastors to marry?

Matthew 19:12

For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

Primarily It is Ordained of God for ministers to focus on ministry and be suported of the congregation.

1 Cor. 9:13-14

Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? [14] Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

So lets stop talking against what we dont know.Ebenezer Obey once sang a song " Eda Omo Araye" someone will allways

If a pastor works full time "omo araiye" will complain. If a pastor does businesss to generate money for ministry Omo araiye will still complain of "Pastor's business empire"

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Are pastors called in nigeria today? Or people go into pastoring after becoming jobless for some time.

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Can any one provide some scriptural back ups why it shld not be on full time basis and not just some intellectual discussions on how we 'feel' it shld be?

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I confirmed this from a senior pastor from RCCG in enugu,he confirmed that all the tithe goes to the GO's table. So get ur fact.

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Is there any other church that encourages their pastors to work apart from RCCG?

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Pastoring is sopposed to be a part time job but the lazy ones amongst us decided to make it a full time thing.

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Yes segmaro,i quite agree with you.

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Yes its a serious issue. There are some prophet/pastors collects money for prayers rendered and also brainwashed people into paying tithes and they are getting richer by the day which jobless guys would die to be in their shoes by getting rich over night.

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This is a serious issue not a laughing matter.

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The tithe goes to heaven of course LOL.

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If tithes dont belong to pastor according to fhemmmy,so were does the tithe goes to?

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^^^ Hopefully, light is coming in his door

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@Fhemmmy

This your statement:

Seems to be opposed to the one you made here: http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-421491.0.html#msg5788958. What exactly are you saying?

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Tithes dont belongs to pastors

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Kunle I am sorry, the similarities were so strking, and I was just curious. Pardon me.

Yes, It would be really great to hook up, i do live in Lagos.

Hit me at xeniboer@gmail.com

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Deep sight i am suprised that you of all people would accuse me of being Ogajim. That aside it is not only Ogajim that shares my ideologies on this forum, i believe ther are quite a number of us with similar ideologies. That aside i reside in Lagos were i believe you reside. Maybe we should hook up one of these days then you would know who the real kunleoshob is.

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Ok, apologies. I was just curious cos the similarities seem so deep.

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Yes i was made to understand that all the tithe in RCCG goes to the table of the GO, they said all the tithes collected belongs to the daddy GO.

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I am on the side, that a Pastor:

That is truly called by God

Doing the great work of God, diligently, should be doing it full time and be paid by the church and his expenses taken cared of.

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So whose side are you phemmy? RCCG encnurages their pastors to work and that is how it sopposed to be,not after struggling from the begining of the month till the end and one jobless pastor would wait to brainwashed me into tithing that i dont even believe in.

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Cos some of the pastors are not full time pastors

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Thats the only thing i like most about RCCG,70% of their pastor works.

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Looking at the epistles to Timothy and Titus, where Paul lays down instructions on how the church should be administered seems to suggest nothing of the sort that we see today, where one person is the capo di tutti capi aka the G.O or pastor or what have you. But rather it would seem that the church is meant to be run by a plurality of elders (an episcopate), all being held accountable for doctrine and action. I do not think the position of elder is meant to be a full time paying job. Indeed looking at the book of Acts shows the simplicity of the fellowship. "They gathered to break bread", at regular set intervals. For the rest of the week, I am believe they went about their business.

Having said this, there will still be those called to full time ministry like evangelists and missionaries but even then some can still work for a living. (I know an American Missionary, who for the nearly 20 years he and his family spent in Jos, worked for a salary, while still doing the work of a missionary).

Nothing says that only the pastor has to do these things. See the example in James

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Dont be too sure, i know of some that would.

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Ogajim - confess once and for all. . . are you Kunle Oshodi?

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Am sure if there is no money in d industry nobody wil take it as a full time job.beliv me it is al abt d money!

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Am sure if there is no money in d industry nobody wil take it as a full time job.beliv me it is al abt d money!

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There is no doubt about the fact that many are not called, but they have called themselves, cos they see money.

However, it will be hard sometimes for us to know who was called and who was not.

That is why the bible said at the last day, many will come and pretend to be of the Lord, but we have to be careful and knowthe truth.

Any pastor that teaches contrary to the word of God, runnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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I understand your point, do you think maybe that the influx of all kinds of shady characters into the Pastoring fold could be traced to the lack or regulation as this is an unregulated industry (if one can call it that)? All some of them need is a "calling" to the "ministry" when in fact MONEY is calling them.

Good deeds and continuance thereof will produce super abundance of face time with God, a Pastor can not and should not take the place of one's parents, no matter how busy I get, I will have time for God. there is no need for an intermediary as long as one has from Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior.

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Phemmmy,i dont think you are serious?how can you say pastoring should be a full time job?

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U bet you could pray for yourself, however, there is nothing wrong while i am working and all that and someone is busy just seeking the face of God on my behalf and that of other members of the church.

The pastor need time to prepare and take care of duties at the church.

Some take some days to talk to people and counsel them

Some are all over the place doing the work of the Lord

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I have been close to some pastors and i know how busy their life could be.

A member could be having problems and called him, and he will drop everything and run there, on his way back, someone cld call him from clinic, he is gone there again, and someone dies, he has to do the funeral thing, someone having kids, he has to be there to do the naming . . . let us be real, it is a tough job, and that is why those that were not called fails.

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^^Dude you no fit pray for yourself?

Come on man, one has to live right and be right with God for any prayer to work no matter who is saying the prayers for you. I sincerely don't see why it should be a full time job unless they are not allowed to seek any other form of employment, opari!

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Yes . . .It is supposed to be a full time job, cos u ought to take care of te people, pray for them, counsel them and seek the face of the Lord at all time.

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Since "pastoring" is mostly limited to the church community it should not neccessarily be a full time job except the pastor wants to become meddlesome and involve himself in every little activity the flock are involving themselves with. Basically a pastors duties should be conducting a couple of services a week and being their for the counselling of the flock when the need arises. So there is no reason why he should not have another job to support himself and family. However pastors today form uneccessary activies like, prayer meetings, crusades, conventions, holy ghost night, night vigils to dominate the lives of the flock and to also create the impression that they are very busy. There is absolutely no valid reason why pastoring should be a full time job even though the bible doesn't say anything against it. I guess it is discretionary but it would be nice if every pastor should work to earn a living and also give like the apostles did than to depend on others giving to them. As the good book says, "it is more blessed to give than to receive"

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They are lazy people looking for easy money.

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@post,

Is suppose to be full time, hence Lord Jesus asked Peter to drop his net and follow him.

To be fishers of men - it has to be full time

Whichever way - man must wak - cause if these pastors depend on people - the same people must complain

just like the Isrealites with God - people (congregation) must murmur.

I advise pastor they should also be engaged in other activities that will help them.

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