Church Without Clergy
*Edited by Bobby Kmiec
** Contribution by John Vuckovich
Full-time, professional clergy are only needed when church members are not doing their part. On the other hand, when each church member is actively participating and contributing their part for the good of the body, a professional minister is unnecessary. That is a fact that is proven every day in tens of thousands of communities and home churches all around the world.
The idea that an Institutional model can still thrive using a main building as a ‘Home Base’ is absurd. For one thing, there's too much competition among other Institutional 'Churches' in one area. They're all selling the same thing! One group tries to recruit members while another is doing the same thing around the corner. It's like having a town full of car dealerships that come to our doors to advertize why "They're different!" In contrast, Christ's debt free body of believers can have a HUGE impact on their local communities just by sharing the Gospel and building relationships with the people they encounter.
A congregation doesn’t need buildings, Properties and Para-‘Church’ ministries to accomplish growth. All funding of buildings and Programs does is deplete people’s finances in Christ’s name without Christ’s authorization. If we are to give, (and give we should) we are to do so with direction from Jesus’ Holy Spirit, not a board of trustees or other clergy. Since when did they become head of the church? Last time I looked, Jesus is the Head.~ Colossians 1:18
The world's religious establishment's definition of "Clergy" created the Institutional ‘Church’ model as a business entity so that they’d have a place to make a living. If the pastor making a living in your 'Church' were truly sincere about doing God’s will, he’d leave Institutionalism and come to Christ’s authentic design for church. The same thing would apply to every Institutionalized ‘Church’ member. Are we loyal to Christ’s church or man’s? Who is more of a friend to us, the clergy or Jesus? Thank you for visiting.
** Quote borrowed from 'Pagan Christianity?' ~ Frank Viola