Pastoral Monarchy

January 04, 2006

Robert Schuller announced Sunday that his son would be the new pastor of the Crystal Cathedral: Schuller Hands His Son Keys to Crystal Cathedral - Los Angeles Times

Why is it that the mega-church pastors often pass on the leadership of the church like it is just a family business? What happened to God's call? Isn't there a chance that someone else could actually be a better pastor? I am afraid that this monarchy-style succession will lead to problems—remember Eli's sons were not fit to be priests, and they caused Eli a lot of problems!