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The Good Shepherd

September 6, 2016


Jesus said, ”I am the Good Shepherd.  The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  The hired hand is not the Shepherd who owns the sheep.  So when he sees the wolf coming he abandons the sheep and runs away.  Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.  The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.”  John 10:11-13

This is going to be short and sweet today.  This is the only passage that Jesus directly addresses the matter of paying people to look after and shepherd His sheep and it is totally obvious that Jesus does not like the idea of hired hands or paid Pastors.  I know others will chime in here and say that Paul or Peter or someone else in church history supported the idea of paying ministers a salary, but I totally believe that the words of Jesus carry more weight than ANY other argument.  I also feel that one has to twist scriptures to support paid Clergy in the New Testament.

Jesus said “I am the Good Shepherd”, to me that totally implies that any and all of the other shepherds are really bad and deficient at what they do.  Jesus is not A good shepherd, He is THE Good Shepherd.  The ONLY Good Shepherd if you will.

The hired hand does not care for the sheep as the Good Shepherd does.  Taking pay creates a conflict of interest and interferes with proper care and equipping for the sheep.  I know many good men and women who work as Pastors in the “church”, but as good as they are I believe that they are in a position that should not exist in the church today.  I understand and accept that love gifts were given in the early church, but I believe that taking a set salary from the church is very wrong.  I believe that 100% of the churches money should be used to take care of widows and orphans and spent on actual ministry to the lost, hungry and the homeless.  We should not be using the church’s money on Clergy salaries, buildings or institutional maintenance.

Those that serve the church should do so with no strings attached whatsoever.  This is the only way to help insure that our methods and message remain pure and untainted from human will and desires.  Turning the Pastorate into a paid position hinders the Gospel and inhibits the ability of the whole church to minister effectively as a unit.  Special people with special positions are wrong and help to destroy true unity in the church.  Every member ministry is crucial to the overall effectiveness of the church and lifting up so called Special people to a Special platform over and above the rest of the Body is just wrong on oh so many levels.

The concept of a solo Pastor leading and doing almost all the sharing in the church is just crazy. Such a position does not exist in the New Testament, but in the modern traditional “church” it is commonplace.  According to the New Testament leadership is to be shared by multiple people and the entire body gets to contribute and share during times of open and free fellowship,  To expect a solo Pastor to do 95% or more of the sharing and work in a local congregation is unfair to both the Pastor and the Body of Christ.

WE are called to be FREE, so we should minister and share our gifts with others for free also! That is what I say and live each day.  I know I am in the minority, but I know I am not the only one out there that feels and lives this way.  I am not trying to establish a Law or rule to be followed.  All I want to do is share my portion of the truth in love as I have lived and experienced it.  And even if you disagree I am glad that you stopped by this blog today.  Please feel free to share your experience, strength and hope in the comments section.  I do not expect or require that anyone else agree with me.

Love and……

Kirk Out !






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  1. Brother Cris, Sheep are not supposed to hire the shepherd to take care of them anyway. And that’s the way the modern church has twisted things around.

    In any case, if folks want to debate the issue, allegorically, that at various points of church history there were shepherds that were paid, that doesn’t wash, because there was no such occurrence in the scriptures concerning pastors in the early church, let alone having granted themselves the privilege of extravagant and ostentatious lifestyles. Neither was there a record of “pastors” being a one man band.

    While it was true there were occasions, not demands, for offerings and support to given to the Apostles/ evangelists, this was primarily because they traveled and couldn’t hold down full time jobs. In today’s scheme of church doings, the so-called evangelists travel from church to church, preaching to the choir. Is that the job of the evangelist? I thought their job was to preach to the unsaved? So, in the way of the world, as the saying goes, “it’s all about the money”. Wherever one finds things amiss in the church world, it seems money is always involved.

    • Scarlett, you make some great points and would be a wonderful asset to any fellowship. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Dan permalink

    I agree totally.

  3. Sue heumann permalink

    What a dream to have equal and open discussion and time together! What would life be like w no hierarchy? Wow…….praying and dreaming….. But love the truth so I can see more clearly now…..

    • Sue, it is more than a dream… it is a reality if you choose to walk in it and just take what the Lord gives without the need for something bigger. Thanks for sharing and YES you are seeing clearer and clearer each day. I love your Spirit!

  4. Gary permalink

    I don’t entirely disagree with you brother, by the same token, I would be careful reading into this, as I would be reading emotions (meaning) into texts or emails.
    Whether it has been your experience or not, I know paid clergy, who care for the congregation as a shepherd… I know some who prefer to be a CEO. The latter are the hired hand, they care for power and authority. The former are more like lead sheep, humbled by the grace of the Good Shepherd! They work like Beasts of Burden for the flock, and they deserve sustinence for the hard work they do. They see themselves as redeemed sinners, called by Abba to serve other redeemed sinners.
    The hired hand doesn’t care for the sheep, like the Good Shepherd, because the hired hand doesn’t OWN the sheep. Paid Clergy , who seek to be congregational CEOs, are not OWNED by the Good Shepherd. A sad state indeed, they and those that follow them need prayer, love and compassion.
    – Br. Buffalo

    • I hear you Gary and understand where you are coming from, but I feel even the good ones get in the way of true fellowship and worship. The position of Pastor is at best unneccesary and worst a hinderence to the Body of Christ. Thanks for sharing your portion bro!

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