Two Hands of Authority

On the one hand :

You have congregations that go for years, often at the encouragement of their district officials, without a pastor.  This lets them do whatever they wish, with no interference from someone who may actually bring God’s Word to bear on their situation.

On the other hand :

You have District Officials encouraging the “Transforming Churches Network”, which excludes the laity from the decision making process in the church, effectively giving the pastor total authority in the congregation.

So which is it?  Should the pastor be a totalitarian ruler, or should the pastor be an expendable extra that is nice to have if you are rich enough, but not required?

I wonder which Book of Concord some people read, because I’m pretty sure it’s not he same one I read.

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