There are some denominations where the pastor holds the title to the church. We have examples right here in our state where this is true. I cannot find this in scripture. The pastor does not own the church.
I will say this, our family has labored night and day for nearly 14 years here in Tucson. Now I will be honest and I say this from the depth of my heart, no salary could hold me here. Our church cannot pay me enough to stay here. It is the calling of God that keeps me here!
Pastor, are you ungrateful; on the contrary, I am so very grateful, privileged and honored to serve as the pastor of Tucson Baptist Church. The priority, as I think over these past 13 years, has been on ministry. The priority must be on looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. We must point people to Jesus.
You say, I purchased this pew I am sitting on and if I leave and go to First Presbyterian I am taking it with me; NO YOU ARE NOT. You say, I purchased some of the equipment around here. Wait a minute, it is Christ’s, and you gave it to Him.
Jesus said I will build my church. Tucson Baptist, my friend, is the church of the living God; every splinter of wood, every piece of sheetrock, every person that is a member of this church, owes our allegiance and our loyalty and our love in totality to the One who loved us enough to die for us. May we, “Praise the Lord,” for all that He has done and will continue to do with His church here in Tucson!