On page A-16 of November 20 NYT's there is an intriguing headline: "Pay Packages for Presidents Are Rising at Public Colleges." The article has several themes: about the disparity between presidential pay and that of the faculty, about the difficulty recruiting college presidents and their diminishing tenure, and the changing character of what it means to be a college president.
Roger Bown, general secretary of the American Association of University Professors is quoted as saying "Presidents now are CEO's. You no longer have treasurers, you have chief financial officers; you no longer have deans, you have chief academic officers. Faculty play the role of labor, students play the role of customer." The article then continued to say that there is "....a shift in emphasis from educational achievement to financial management."
Is the same shift happening in the church? Are Senior Pastors now Lead Pastors with attendant CFO's? Are pastoral staff seen as labor and the members/attenders as customers? Is that an OK shift or is there something spiritually toxic about that paradigm?
What about at denominational levels, when there is such pressure to raise funds. What is the emerging role of an institutional president? Hmmm.