This is a real danger for pastors. When a ministry begins to flourish and becomes broader in scope, there is a danger that the pastor starts building his own kingdom instead of the Kingdom of God.
What happens is that slowly, over time and almost unnoticed, the pastor becomes the center of attention and Jesus is replaced on the altar by the man. One thing’s for sure; this kingdom will not last because it is of man. It might flourish for a time, but so does a flower and then it’s gone.
Your Pastor is Always Right
When your pastor is always making himself or herself right, this can be very problematic for a number of reasons. No one is always right, including pastors. A pastor’s responsibility isn’t to interpret the Bible; their job is to preach the Gospel. It’s not based upon what they think. It’s based on what God says. If your pastor is unwilling to acknowledge or admit their mistakes or doesn’t accept an obvious mistake, that should be a major red flag. Also, if there’s a problem in the church, your pastor should be approachable. If a pastor is so unapproachable and unopen to constructive concerns or criticisms, then he his heart is not in the right place concerning the ministry.
Your Pastor Overrules the Board
Is your pastor a loose cannon? If he or she is, this is a warning sign that they are too controlling and have their eyes set on an alternative kingdom. A pastor should never have the church checkbook in their possession. Your church deacon or treasurer should be in possession of this and require at least two signatures, not one being the pastor’s. If you see your pastor beginning to break the rules of the church, then that is a major sign that something is going on that shouldn’t be. A pastor is accountable to the church. This ensures that they stay above reproach.
Your Pastor Doesn’t Delegate
A huge red flag that your pastor is building their own kingdom is when they begin to do it all, refusing to delegate anything. When this happens, your pastor has too much control and is no longer focused on Christ’s kingdom and the role of the church. The gifts of the men and women of the church should be utilized to the ministry of the church. All members of the church must be allowed to minister in their particular place in the body. One man or woman can’t do that.
This is a pretty big red flag and can have very negative implications. “Yes men” refers to those individuals who only say yes to everything that is presented to them. If a leader wants to be successful, they must be willing to say “no” to “yes men.”
Accountability is defined as “the quality or state of being accountable; an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.” Sadly, pastors are not excluded.