Should Fallen Pastors Be Restored To Leadership Within The Church?

Reader, should a Pastor whose in an adulterous relationship be banned from Pastoring a congregation? Or even church leadership? 1,000 church leaders weigh in on how to investigate allegations and when the congregation should be told. Half of Protestant pastors say their colleagues should step down from the pulpit for a time if they are accused of misconduct. Most say such accusations should be kept in confidence until proven. What do you say?


  1. I do believe in restoration of forgiveness ofcourse. However, there's gotta be some kinda timeframe. Dude shouldn't get caught, then be back in the pulpit in 2weeks. Perfect example, I ain't skeerd. Eddie Long. It was proven this dude paid off those 4 young boys. I heard through the grapevine it was $12.5 mil. I thought the Lord was suppose to fight his battles, huh? That's another topic, sorry. Anyway, Eddie should've went through years of counseling. Same thing needs to happen with any other individual who gets caught up in sinful behavior. It needs to be proven that the man or woman has been completely restored. While that person who was in sin, there needs to be someone else in leadership period for a long amount of time and again, much prayer and counseling needs to be rendered unto the person who got caught.

  2. One more thing pastors seem to forget; A pastor must be devoted to his wife; A one-woman man Titus 1:6; 1 Tim 3:2

    1. Elizabeth WelterWednesday, 11 May, 2016

      The Bible, especially the pastoral epistles, have high standards for pastors, stuff like being "above reproach" and so forth. So how long should a pastor be barred from being a pastor/elder? The answer seems to be for however long it takes to be able to say you are above reproach and of a high enough moral character to be a pastor.

      How long does that take? Not totally sure. Some will say it is impossible to ever be above reproach again after committing adultery while being a pastor because adultery is not only a grave sin, but it is a willful sin that you have to make a concerted effort to commit. I'm not so sure we can dogmatically say an elder who sins like that can never be restored to his former position. But given the willful nature of adultery and the seriousness that the Bible attaches to it, it definitely would take more than three months to a year, that's for sure.

      And if it takes years, many disgraced pastors will have no choice but to find another career. So in practice, I expect few would ever be in a position to come back, if we hold them to the high but reasonable standards that scripture talks about

  3. The office of a pastor requires THE HIGHEST STANDARDS.

    1 Timothy 3:1-13 spells out some of the standards we should expect from our church leaders.

    If your pastor can't live up to these standards or thinks they're TO TOUGH, then he needs to find another line of work, and he probably wasn't cut out to be a pastor anyway.

    These pastors should be role models and to be admired an be " OF GOOD REPUTATION".

    Do we really want our children's role model to be someone that can't keep "IT" in their pants,
    or Has baby momma drama???

    Not all pastors are perfect
    And all sins can be forgiven.

    But if THE PASTORS WIFE can't trust her husband to NOT use his name & fame to sleep with other women then NEITHER should the congregation.

  4. "Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable..."

    Pastors guilty of infidelity, who confess their sin, seek forgiveness, and repent by really pursuing a new course of faithfulness should be reinstated to the fellowship of the church.

    If it is ever a good idea for such a person to be reinstated to any sort of role that has a responsibility for leadership, it should not take place until they are demonstrably faithful to their spouse, self-controlled, etc. That cannot be demonstrated over a period of three months or a year, but needs to be tested by a much more significant amount of time.

  5.’s my take and I am going to concentrate on one word from the Bible verses in 1 Timothy 3:2-2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

    THE Word is I want to concentrate on is “blameless”, the very first word mentioned as a character trait. Problem in most cases where pastors and church leaders being unfaithful and still in the pulpit, is most of these pastors and leaders never met the qualification of “Blamelessness” before there were put in the position. Being blameless doesn’t mean being perfect. But it does entail some good in the man as to his personal life and his family life. In case you may not know, God has raise up many whose lives are “clean”, so they can have a calling to roll right into ministry.

    I am NOT a big proponent of any ex pimps or murderers or twice married individuals or former child molesters leading God’s flock. Don’t get me wrong, God can save the pimp and murderer and child molester, but these folks are full of “blame” and have no calling to serve in high positions. They can minister through whatever gift God gives them to edify His Body, but never as leader.

    And before anyone talk about Paul; being a murderer, Remember GOD CHOOSE PAUL. But when it comes to folks in church, MAN APPOINTS PEOPLE INTO these positions. Acts 6:3“Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.” When God chooses, there are no questions about His choice being right. When MAN chooses, there are questions many may ponder, say if a former child molester is now the pastor, is it safe to have their children around the dude. Ya’ll know I’m telling the TRUTH. So don’t start calling me judgmental.

    These type folks (ex pimps, murderers, ex child molesters) are not “blameless”. Believe it or not, some do strive to do right even before they become saved. And I personally believe God honors those who adept to a lifestyle of morality.

    When we vote to put Folks “full of blame” into these positions, we should never be surprised about any sin they commit when “serving” in these positions, and the pride they manifests to want to continue to minster, despite their gross and egregious actions.

    1. Sorry, but when God forgives we are blameless. Christ died on the cross for our sins so that we may be faultless before the throne. Anyone who repents and is forgiven is blameless in our Father's eyes. It's important to know God's words and not use our judgement to condemn people who God forgives. If you are in a fallen state,yes you are not blameless, but thanks be to God no one has to stay there.

    2. O I see...however Paul is not addressing the bishop be saved as you inferred, but rather he be one of good character (thus the words blameless and vigilant and sober and) and one of good living (husband of one wife, not given to much wine, and greedy). Timothy knew that the bishop must be saved first. That's not the point. Even luke when he told the believers to choose 7 men to be deacons, it was a given that the men chosen were of the believers, bUT luke insisted they choose men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom. You are 100 percent correct. It is important to know God's word. But sorry we got to rightly divide it lest we err. Blameless does not mean "saved" or forgiven from sins.

  6. The answer to this depends on what we define as a Pastor. If the pastor's primary duty is 501c3 administration, then sure let him come on back. After all, he's a business owner running a company and who he sleeps with shouldn't matter. Obviously, I'm referring to those men who call themselves Pastor but were never called.

    But if he's a REAL Pastor, no, he needs to have a seat for a few years and get his priorities straight which would be the first ministry of his marriage. If he's a real pastor, he wont need a congregation in a building. Real Pastors minister with or without churchfolk to lead.


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