In the Reformed Presbyterian Church where I serve, over the last decade or two we have seen congregations adding multiple pastoral staff. For instance, nearly twenty years ago the congregations in the state of Indiana where I was located all had just one pastor per congregation for the most part. Today as I write, two-thirds of the organized congregations there have more than one man serving in the pastorate. Many other denominations have been experiencing similar trends.
Though we long for empty pulpits in congregations to be filled; we recognize not every context or occasion calls for or can sustain more than a singular pastor; and certainly there are difficulties and dangers that can arise in congregations where there is more than one pastor, overall this is a good trend. As Martin Bucer said in Concerning the True Care of Souls, “Therefore, since the pastoral office involves such a great and important work, and one which so long as we live here is unending, that of presenting the church of Christ in all its members without fault, without stain or wrinkle, this office requires many sorts of ministry and work.”