These are the non-denomination churches.
From these descriptions of twelve kinds of pastors, you can see that only number 12 can really lead the church to true and sustainable growth.
This is the reason why majority of our churches are sick, stagnant, crisis – ridden and are dying today because they are being pastored by the wrong kind of pastors.
Most pastors/preachers are just greedy people. Speaking about greedy people, tomorrow we’ll look at…
1 Timothy 5
1 Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;
2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.
3 Honor widows that are widows indeed.
“Honor widows that are widows indeed” – that is, widows who are truly left alone and destitute. This probably means taking care of them, including the giving of materials support.
Widows were particularly vulnerable in ancient societies because no pensions, government assistance, life insurance, or the like were available to them.
4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.
Dead spiritually while living physically.
7 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.
8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man,
“Taken into the number” – the church in Ephesus seems to have maintained a list of widows supported by the church. While there is no evidence of an order of widows comparable to that of the bishops, it appears that those on the list were expected to devote themselves to prayer and good deeds.
10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
“Washed the saint’s feet” – a menial task, but necessary because of the dusty roads and the wearing of sandals.
11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;
12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.
“Cast off their first faith” – perhaps when a widow was added to the list she pledged special devotion to Christ, which would be diminished by remarriage. Or Paul may be referring to the believer’s basic trust in Christ, which a widow would compromise by marrying outside the faith.
13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.
16 If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.
17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine.
18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward.
“Scripture” – the use of this term for both an Old Testament (Deut 25:4) and a New Testament (Lk 10:7) passage shows that by this time portions of the New Testament (or what ultimately became a part of the New Testament) were considered to be equal in authority to the Old Testament Scriptures.
19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
“Elect angels” – elect angels, in contrast to Satan and the other fallen angels.
22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.
“Neither be partaker of other men’s sins” – do not ordain a person unworthy of the office of elder.
23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.
24 Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.
5:24-25 – Some men’s sins…good works” – Paul advises being alert to hidden sins as well as to good deeds in the lives of candidates for ordination.
25 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.
Twelve Kinds of Pastors Today
I have come to discover 12 kinds of pastors that are visible in the church today.
Though not all, but these twelve represent the majority of pastors leading churches today. I hope you can find who you are among these twelve descriptions.
1. Businessmen Pastors – 1 Tim 6:3-5; Isaiah 56:10, 11; 2:14
Description: Businessmen and women who seek the ministry simply as avenue to make money. They function as the chief executive officers of their churches. The church is run with business principles. Their major emphasis is money, finance, Prosperity, how to make it. They are in absolute control of everything.
Basic Motive: Gain and profit. The programs are targeted at how much money is realized, using God, Church and Bible to make: money arid personally enriching themselves.
2. Funky Pastor – 2 Tim. 4:3, 4; Jer 6:13
Description: Worldly, carnal, ungodly pastors who watered down the gospel to please people. They dress anyhow, allow anything in the church. They are immoral and intimate maniac who take advantage of people. Their messages are the church liberty, ministry on the broadways, easy way to heaven and making you somebody in life.
Basic Motives: Keep the people happy. Don’t offend them by telling them the truth. They exert influence and power over people in order to get their money. Youth and young people enjoy these kinds of pastors.
This is the Catholic Church, but they are more than just funky.
3. Vocational Pastors – Eze 34: 2, 3
Description: They are in the ministry, not a result of God’s call, but by the call of men. They pastor as a hobby or past time. They love the honor and respect being given to pastors.
Basic motive: To rule over others and to be seen and respected by them. No vision, purpose and commission from the Lord. They therefore lord over people, using threats and position to oppress those who are genuinely called.
4. Yesterday’s Pastors
Description: They are called by the Lord, but they are not in tune with the moves of God today. They are holy, godly and righteous but are trapped in yesterday’s ways because they are ultra -conservative. Old tradition, dogma and doctrina1 correctness is their forte. They spend only on their one gift to lead the church, they detest learning and change.
Basic Motive: To survive and bring back old time religion. They are therefore prejudiced against growth, change and new strategies. They are good in hymna1s, bell-ringing and order of service that has become routine and lifeless today. Their relational skills are weak and very low.
5. Political Pastors – Jer 10:21; Jer 23: 11; Mich 3: 11
Description: They were once servants of the Lord, but have now backslidden. They no longer have time to preach, pray, nourish people and prepare them for heaven. All their time is taken up with meetings upon meetings. They have become servants of the people. Bad friends, economic hardship and strange teachings have changed them.
Basic motive: To make it, either by force or by fire. They therefore engage in church politics. They become cunning, crafty, arm- twisting and can speak from both sides of the mouth. Their strategic closeness to church authority make them to determine the transfer, promotion, discipline and suspension of other pastors, many times better than them. Character assassination is their modus-operandi.
Rick Warren and Billy Graham fit in here. The Catholic priests don’t fit here because they were never with God. The Pope is their God and the priests share their god with the Pope.
6. Occultic Pastors – Rev 2:20,24: Rev 3:9
Description: These are the people who have no business being in the ministry, but they are there all the same. Some are former occult practitioners who claim to be born-again, while others are herbalists and magicians who decide to hood wink people by modernizing as pastors. They live double lives. They appear to eat at the Lord’s Table but also deal with the devil in secret. They use means and demonic power to perform spurious miracles.
Basic Motives: Their motive is gain, power and control over people. They therefore use candles, coconut, incense, salt, kolanut, sponge, soaps, special baths and native roots as “prayer support”. They engage in fake vision, false prophecy and spurious miracles. They read the sixth and seventh books of Moses. They are usually polygamous and womanizers.
Oprah could possibly fit in here.
7. Shallow Pastors – Zeph3:4
Description: These are proud, garrulous, self-centered and self-willed pastors. They are islands, too busy to attend conferences or seminars or listen to anybody’s tape. They believe that everyone should learn from them but they cannot learn from anybody. Their anointing has grown to the extent that they don’t need to read the Bible every day, have time of prayer and fast unto the Lord.
Basic motive: Their motive is to succeed in ministry financially, materially and socially. They therefore spend church money to buy expensive shoes, clothing, cars and properties. They have nothing to really give to people spiritually. They thrive on stories, noise, demonstrations, pushing people and mimicked styles and prophesies. Their sermon dwell on their worth, wealth and fame.
The Preachers of L.A. is one of many that are like this.
8. Ministry Pastors
Description: These are ministry focused pastors. They are committed to and consumed by the work of the ministry. In their order of priorities, ministry is number one and everything else takes secondary position. These pastors neglect their families, children and personal lives in the name of doing ministry. Their children are wayward, bitter, uncatered for, angry and unconverted. Their wives are miserable, frustrated, neglected; feel cheated and lonely.
Basic motives: To fulfill their ministry irrespective of anything or anybody. The desire is to prove themselves and the readiness to neglect everything for the ministry. They move from crusade to revivals, from Prayer Mountains to special seminars. They are too spiritual to play, pray, enjoy and relax with their wives, children and family, because sinners are perishing. They are always in a hurry.
Sounds like lawyers.
9. Sick Pastors – Rev 3:14-19
Description: physically okay but spiritually sick. Sick because they don’t know the Lord, they are sinful, ungodly, evil, immoral and wicked. Though they sometimes find themselves leading large congregations, yet, they preach the Jesus they have not met. They only use their spiritual activities to cover their spiritual unclothedness.
Basic motives: They don’t know why they are in the ministry. They want to be like the Jones and Joneses. They are copycats. They struggle with sin, evil and low self-image. They take out their anger, sin and frustration on the people.
They are sick because they lack basic leadership skill. They are sick because they are not good examples and role model to follow. They are sick because they operate under curse and disobedience.
10. Wounded Pastors
Description: They have experienced back-stabbing, disappointment and calamities in ministry. Their work has dealt them a hard blow. Through some mistakes and ignorance, they have been wounded in ministry. They are therefore bitter, sad, hurting and hateful in the ministry.
Basic motive: Vengeance, retribution and survival. They have been wounded by sin, devil, people, partners, colleagues and members. Some have lost wives, husbands, children, names, properties and health in the course of doing ministry. Some have deep pain. due to betrayal by mentors, leaders, associates and spouses. And the wound is fresh and new.
11. Technology Pastors
Description: They are pastors on the move, who are always on the fast lane of life. Moving from city to city, nation to nation, making money at the expense of the souls under them. They spend weeks away from the church. They junket from place to place in the name of doing ministry while the church at home is dying and scattering. They monitor by means of audio and video messages of sermons.
Basic motive: Money, pleasure and properties. They use God to better their lot in life. Their living standard is above the income of their church. They always travel for ministration and business deals. While traveling, they continue to monitor the church through phone, emails, websites, and phone-in-conference. They use these technologies to conduct services on Sunday and at vigils. In some cases, they stay permanently abroad and control the church from there.
Pope Francis fits here.
12. Growing Pastors
Description: Very few, but these are pastors after God’s heart. They are called and commissioned by the Lord. Pursue a God-given vision. Display high integrity, character, godliness and a heart for things of eternal value. They are not perfect, but growing every day. They are balanced, learning, open to change and full of the Holy Spirit.
Basic motive: They desire to make impact for God. They want to see lives, families, nations and cities transformed for the. Lord. They have no personal empire to build; rather they want to extend the frontiers of God’s kingdom throughout the whole world. They see ministry as opportunity to serve, help and empower others. They de-emphasize money, gain and pleasure.
…Forbes 400 list reveals why the greedy rich fully deserve your contempt – and Jesus’s.