Why We need to be Under the Local Chruch
1 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
There has been a rise of independent churches and pastors who felt called by God to minister. In our city more than half of the churches are independent churches. That is why our San Juan pastor’s association is such a blessing to have the pastors covered in a macro-level.
I believe there are advantages and disadvantages in being independent. Being under authority of a loca church body is something that we see throughout the New Testament. Every time they would do a work or mission, they make it a point to endorse the minister to the people and commission them by the laying on of hands.
It is actually a sign of “I am a man under authority. I am accountable before God and before this men who commissioned me to do the work.”
Also in the midst of trouble and problems concerning ministry, I know somebody is backing me up. The local church body who supported me is a support system for me and my wife. I know somebody is praying for my well being.
Fellow pastors and church planters, I do hope you consider the option of being under a local church authority or if not surround yourself with a governing body who can keep you accountable in your ministry.