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Can a church body 'vote out' a pastor?

Submitted: 2/27/2011
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Question: Is it biblical for a church body to vote out a pastor because they feel he isn't living up to his responsibility as a pastor. I have a very close friend and she said they are going to do this very soon and I didn't know if it was part of the bilaws of the UPC or even if it is biblical?

Answer: Every church has its own bylaws. Some allow the members to vote out the pastor. This is a congregational form of church government. We consider the entire concept of having one pastor who serves at the pleasure of the members to be unbiblical. Please read our article called 'The Big Bright Target' on Shelf 2 of the Apostolic Free Library on this website.