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Who is the head of the church?

Submitted: 5/21/2013
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Question: If Christ is the head of the church, then how can a person or pastor take lordship over a congregation? Isn't being a pastor having the 'gift' of teaching? Is it not just a gift and not a title?

Answer: We cannot explain why some men make themselves lords over God's people. Clearly Jesus alone is the Head of the church. He does, however, provide leadership to His people in the form of pastors/elders/overseers. Peter adressed the issue of how these men are to lead God's people when he wrote, 'Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock' (1 Peter 5:2-3).