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WHAT IS SUBVERSIVE? It’s a systematic overthrow of one system or power by those working from within.
Jesus said the Kingdom of God was immediately accessible to all who follow Him. This is the Gospel message. This is subversive.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
NOW HIRING: NEW PASTORS
Our house church is currently interviewing potential new
candidates for assistant pastor. Here’s what we’re looking for:
Responsible for loving and serving everyone else in the
Body. Applicants should be willing to listen more than they talk. In fact,
talking is almost completely unnecessary. Please observe our strict “no preaching”
policy. Teaching is nice, but we ask that you do your best to make it
conversational and please leave plenty of room for disagreements, questions,
and the occasional rebuttal.
Must be willing to love people, regardless of how messed
up they appear to be. No preferred parking spaces are available. First come,
first served only.
Must also be willing to submit to our Senior Pastor. He
is never wrong and should never be questioned or challenged in any way, at any
time. He’s the Son of God, after all, so that shouldn’t be too difficult if you
love Him like we do, and if also you’ve made a decision to follow Him the rest
of your life.
Must support the Senior Pastor in the accomplishment of
the church’s mission by NOT engaging in decision-making, advance planning or
overall direction of other church members.
Must ensure the operational readiness of the church by
constantly refraining from any sort of leadership or oversight of the Church
and shall not in any way interfere with the practice of the “one-anothers” as
clearly outlined in the New Testament scriptures.
Must constantly avoid creating any sort of key
objectives, tactics; or an establishment of long-term growth goals.
Must never speak of any sort of church building program,
including capital fund raising campaigns, master planning, design and
architecture, contractor selection, or construction of a physical building.
Like everyone else on our “pastoral team,” applicant will
agree that they “would rather die” than to receive money for preaching the
Gospel or for teaching our brothers and sisters in Christ, whom we love. (1
This means that all our pastors are given an equal share
of whatever food is available at every potluck gathering (either breakfast on
Sunday mornings or dinner on Thursday evenings). Prayers are offered
continually and double honor is extended at all times.
Like Peter wrote so eloquently: “Be shepherds of God’s
flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but
because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain,
but eager to serve.” (1 Peter 5:2)
This position requires no experience as a senior leader
in a corporate business environment or as a pastor. Possession of a Bachelor’s
Degree in Business, Technology, or other related field is nice, but not
required, or particularly desired. Master’s work in Biblical studies will not
be held against you. The successful individual must have a proven track record
of putting others first and not promoting himself or herself above the needs of
Interested parties can submit their resumes by email or