It’s an interesting title isn’t it; “Senior Pastor”. It seems to be prospering as a title nowadays. So many seem to be acknowledged and honoured with the title “Senior Pastor”. But why? Let us ponder upon this for a while:
- It is not a biblical attribution. Pastor, shepherd, overseer, elder are all terms that refer to those exercising pastoral care over a church. But calling one of them “senior” I have not found in the Bible yet.
- It seems to unnecessarily elevate one of the pastors. This draws my mind to the disciples and what the Lord said to them. A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves (Luke 22:24-26). Service and not an elevated position is what the servants of the Lord should aspire to.
- Churches do need to know who their elders/overseers/pastors are and that is good for the proper ordering of the church. However, let us stick, as much as we can, with using Biblical terms.