About Claude Lombart

Claude Lombard did cross-cultural work for the church in ten countries for over three decades. He is now in active retirement, writing, preaching, coaching, counseling and mental hospital chaplain in the UK. He self-published his doctoral dissertation project, "Towards the Financial Self-Support of the 7th day Adventist Church in Egypt". He is currently writing a book on Successful Relationships for the general public.

Servanthood: Our Christian Calling
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We love titles, even in Christian circles. Whether it is Pastor, President, Professor, or Pope, titles are common currency in the church’s vocabulary. Inherent within some of those titles is the concept of hierarchy, authority and very often, privilege. The obvious or unseen but well-known underbelly of titles is church politics.

A classic example of church and politics is the church of Rome. According to the Vatican yearbook the Pope has nine titles: “Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor […]