The following is a chart explaining the difference between a career pastor and a life pastor. A career pastor is a spiritual leader that is paid a salary or adequate wages. A life pastor is a spiritual leader that pastors people in his everyday life and maybe in his vocation (usually a non-spiritual job).
|Career Pastor||Life Pastor|
|Paid a salary/wages||No pay agreement; open to donations|
|Dependent on church governance||Independent of church governance (except to God)|
|Not completely free to speak (IRS prevents political speech)||Totally free to speak on anything under the confines of speech in his country (example: US First Amendment)|
|Limited in scope of ministry||Unlimited ministry|
|Motivational or life focused messages/sermons (frequently dictated by lectionary or set doctrine)||Bible focus|
|Focus is on church growth & numbers||Focus is on Kingdom furthering: Evangelism and spiritual improvement|
|Is part of a show: live music, speaking, activities, generic ceremonies, etc.||Speaks whenever and wherever needed, and is unafraid to heal and/or deliver people at any time.|
Leaders need to be long-sighted, not short-sighted.
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