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Historical Profile 1858 Byington 1867 Bell 1872 GC School Organized (pastor not involved) 1920 Pastors assigned to churches Pastor a specialist Pastor.

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1 Historical Profile 1858 Byington 1867 Bell 1872 GC School Organized (pastor not involved) 1920 Pastors assigned to churches Pastor a specialist Pastor a generalist

2 (NAD 2002, Section F, pp ) Conference responsible for:Conference responsible for: –Employment, supervision, and professional support of teachers –Curriculum –Accreditation and evaluation

3 (NAD 2002, Section F, pp ) The local church would provide:The local church would provide: –Facility and equipment –Financial support for operational expenses –Teacher salary support paid to the conference –A school board charged with operational oversight

4 Parallel Ministry Problem SDA Education/Pastoral Ministries connected at the conference levelSDA Education/Pastoral Ministries connected at the conference level –The two meet at the executive level of the conference …disconnected at the local level but share the same space…disconnected at the local level but share the same space –Leadership relationship is undefined –Pastor perceived to be the general leader

5 Role Confusion from the 1920s Pastors placed in churches after the 1920s shift in placement expectations inherited a school/church structure that had not anticipated the pastors new role in the local setting.Pastors placed in churches after the 1920s shift in placement expectations inherited a school/church structure that had not anticipated the pastors new role in the local setting. Elders were responsible for the local church and the teacher responsible for the school prior to the 1920sElders were responsible for the local church and the teacher responsible for the school prior to the 1920s

6 Pastor or Principal? Is responsible for the religious program and activities, and … development and maintenance of a positive spiritual climate (NAD 2002, p.178).Is responsible for the religious program and activities, and … development and maintenance of a positive spiritual climate (NAD 2002, p.178). This reality clashes with contemporary expectations and assumptions of the local churchThis reality clashes with contemporary expectations and assumptions of the local church

7 Official Duty of the Pastor The pastor is charged to be the spiritual leader and advisor of the church (General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 1990, p. 118)The pastor is charged to be the spiritual leader and advisor of the church (General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 1990, p. 118)

8 Pastor and the Church School The pastors official function relating to the school is as a member of the school board (General Conference of Seventh- day Adventists 1990, p.118)The pastors official function relating to the school is as a member of the school board (General Conference of Seventh- day Adventists 1990, p.118)

9 Challenge of Official Hierarchy On assignment to a local church as pastor, the ordained minister ranks above the local elder or elders…. (General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 1990, p.118)On assignment to a local church as pastor, the ordained minister ranks above the local elder or elders…. (General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 1990, p.118) The stratification of position with the pastor being the ranking member of the local church leads to the question of how or if that ranking applies to the local teacher/principalThe stratification of position with the pastor being the ranking member of the local church leads to the question of how or if that ranking applies to the local teacher/principal

10 Factors Contributing to Stress Oversight function of pastor on school boardOversight function of pastor on school board Involvement in hiring process => assumptions of oversightInvolvement in hiring process => assumptions of oversight Expectations of administrators who see pastor as general leader at local levelExpectations of administrators who see pastor as general leader at local level –President to pastor, Hows your school doing?

11 Solutions? Immediate response:Immediate response: –Create awareness in pastors, principals, and teachers of the historical and organizational structure problems that contribute to stress and role confusion Long term response:Long term response: –NAD should carefully define the professional relationship of pastors and educators and intentionally remove ambiguity that leads to role confusion and conflict


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