I talked with a pastor yesterday. He and his wife are co-pastors of a growing church. Co-Pastor tells me more than they think it does.
A Co-Pastor is always a wife. Immediately you understand that this wife pastor cannot leave that church and be a pastor of another church. ‘Tis not done.
‘Tis done more for tax purposes than for theology of allowing a woman to preach.
Keep talking and you find out more.
He told me he is the leader of the family because that is what the Bible teaches. His wife stays home and takes care of the kids. Nothing wrong with that.
But when one person sets themselves up as the leader, there has to be a follower, and that made his wife a follower.
I also told this pastor that he was not divine and until he became divine, he couldn’t have authority over anybody. That his idea of authority put him directly between his wife and God.
He was very nice and probably had never had an older woman talk to him this way, and he really didn’t know what to say.
Remember Christ is the head of the church and the church is made up of men and women. Christ is our head, not our husbands, or our pastors.
I wish I had told him that, but I didn’t think of it at the time.
An example of a Co-Pastor follower is Victoria Osteen. You would never call Joel Osteen the Co-Pastor of the church. He is the Pastor. Co-Pastor does not mean equal. Co-Pastor is always a follower wife.