Why Do Churches Have Steeples? Where Did This Tradition Begin?


What is the purpose of a church steeple? Is it purely aesthetics or is there a specific purpose behind them?Buildings and Communities Today churches are being put more and more on the fringe of cities. They are being pushed out of downtown sections. In my history classes in college I once heard that the tallest buildings in the community were what the community valued the most. For centuries, in most cities, it was the church steeple that was tallest. Today, in many of the communities in … [Read more...]

Should Pastors Have To Take A Vow Of Poverty?


Should pastors take a vow of poverty as some have in the past? Is there any value in this?Vows of Poverty One man once asked “why shouldn’t a Christian take a vow of poverty and give away all he has – after all, wouldn’t that be a mark of a true Christian” and I ask him, “Will you?” He was not sure how to answer. It seemed right to him for others to do this but he was uncertain if it was for him. Dietrich Bonhoeffer cautioned that even in our vow of poverty it can be laden with selfishness. … [Read more...]

Do Pastors Need To Be Ordained?


Do you think that pastors should be ordained by a church? Is it necessary to be ordained by others or can someone ordain themselves?The three-fold Call I have heard this same idea repeated in many pastor’s lives. They had a three-fold calling and that seems to be biblical because by two or three witnesses, something is established as true (2nd Cor 13:1) but what are these three callings that the man will hear? I believe two may be internal but the other one is external. This includes a d … [Read more...]

What Do Pastors Ask In Premarital Counseling?


What type of questions does a pastor ask in premarital counseling? Why ask these questions?Why premarital Counseling? Why should there be premarital counseling for couples who are engaged? For one thing, the divorce rate is lower for those who seek and receive premarital counseling. This is a main reason I strongly urge premarital counseling but also part of the reason is that the couple might not see the choices that they will face down the road. They will have decisions that both will … [Read more...]

Do Pastors Work Other Jobs?


Do pastors have other jobs outside of the church? What other jobs do they do?Tent Makers At one point Paul “was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks” (Acts 18:3-4). Paul said “You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions” (20:34) saying “We work hard with our own hands” (1st Cor 4:2). Even though Paul was an apostle and also worked at t … [Read more...]

What Is A Housing Allowance For A Pastor?


What is a proper housing allowance for a pastor? Is the idea biblical?Not Muzzling the Ox The Bible is clear, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages” (1st Tim 5:18) but what is the context of this verse? It is about “the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching” (1st Tim 5:17). In 1st Corinthians 9:3-6 Paul writes in “defense to those who would examine me. Do we not ha … [Read more...]