Question:The Canadian law regulates that a charity must have
a Board of Trustees. Our church organization has complied by appointing
a Board of Trustees, but there is a question on whether the parish
pastor who is an employee of the church should be a member. If the
parish pastor is a board member, the issue of "conflict of interest" will
be raised in cognizance of the fiduciary duties of the Trustees.
What is your opinion and the biblical basis for resolving this problem?
I would recommend that the pastor
be a member of the Board of Trustees. In answering your question,
I have assumed that the Board of Trustees has oversight responsibilities
of the church and
the leadership team was selected according to 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus
1:5-9. If true, that means, the men are truly believers and serious followers
of Jesus Christ. These two biblical passages outline the spiritual marks
of maturity required for any man who is a church leader. If the men were
selected correctly, they will not be seekers after power and control.
They will have families who believe and follow after God. They will
really know the Bible and be able to teach it to others. These men will
be respectable, exercise self-control, and be dignified. We would encourage
you to read "God’s
Design For The Church
of Spiritual Maturity
the Pattern of Biblical Leadership
." These articles provide
the biblical perspective in detail. If the men and the pastor are truly
spiritually mature, then the pastor could be a full member of the Board
Unfortunately, mistakes are made too often, and men become
church leaders who should never have been included. Biblically, every
elder is an equal. Each elder has an equal vote and consequently a veto.
Yet, when it comes to discussions about his own compensation, employment
conditions, or privileges, no pastor should be allowed to participate
in such discussions. If the pastor has an issue with that, then he should
not be included on the board. Anyone who desires to be in control
is not ready to be an elder.
Conclusion:Elders are characterized by humility,
love, and deference to others. This does not mean that they do not have
conviction and do not take stands on important issues. But there is no
place for a man who wants to be king of many mountains and win every
battle. No one man has complete wisdom. But a faithful pastor can
bring compassion and the clarity of scripture to decisions. Remember
that the process of making decisions is more important than the act of