Can Co-Pastoring Work?

Episode 711

Is a multi-leader organization really a “two-headed snake”? Or is co-pastoring a restoration of a New Testament trend? Host Ed Stetzer talks with Jon Mollohan and Colby Garman about whether and how co-pastoring can work.

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • What “plurality health” means in church leadership
  • How scriptural injunctions and culture interact in leadership structures
  • Advantages and challenges of co-pastoring
  • How plurality done well feeds the quality of discipleship
  • The roles of plurality in church planting

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Sharable Quotes (#NewChurches):

I have had the privilege of planting, depending how you count, six churches and the one that probably was the most difficult was the time we tried to plant with three co-pastors. @EdStetzer

Co-pastors sounds like the most difficult thing in the history of mankind to do well. Plurality health, however, is just making sure the leadership of a church is guiding one another to lead the church in a healthy way. — Jon Mollohan

It’s good for us to acknowledge that we are stepping into the wise application of some ideas that don’t get entirely fleshed out for us in the New Testament. But if we value plurality, it’s worth valuing at the very highest level. @ColbyGarman

Discipleship should be the greatest expression from the plurality or the leadership of the church. — Jon Mollohan

Church planters have to go into the room being willing to submit to others. That’s a key thing of plurality. @EdStetzer

When we broaden out the the voices that shape and define the church, we protect them against our own weaknesses and having a church built around our own strengths. We prepare the church for the day when we’re not going to be part of it. @ColbyGarman

It is so much fun to be a pastor when you know the elders have your back. You know they care for you. My elders are my friends. I’m actually doing ministry with these guys. — Jon Mollohan

Published October 20, 2022

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