Johnb & Pointmade
I know we are getting far off topic here, but I think you both made good points.
The reason for my question to Johnb was that a few Sundays ago I was filling in for our hireling (sermons only) preacher by teaching adult class. I was teaching from II Tim and made the statement that Timothy, a young man, was sent by Paul to the churches to appoint elders, teach, command, set things in order, etc. One brother became upset and said I was making those things up, that there was no example or pattern in the NT for a located paid preacher. I told him if he was looking for the pattern it was right here in the letters to Timothy. The brother, has not been back to church the last few meetings.
Many people say we can't use the example of Timothy for a modern day example of the "chain of command" in how to organize the church because Timothy was the right hand man of the apostle Paul. I suppose that is true, so let me state the obvious. If we have no modern day apostles, then we have no real pattern for organizing today's church. We can only imagine a hypothetical pattern of a First Century church with no apostles. Again, we find that the precise NT pattern that so many in our fellowship swear by, to be from men's imagination, not from the NT.
But, I do agree with both of you. It is best, especially in the smaller congregations, for all to participate in the work of teaching, saving money for other things. On the other hand, larger congregations do need full time staff for teaching and visitation. In my smaller congregation, for many years, we have mostly done the teaching ourselves, but have on occassion found a good preacher and paid him for a year or two. At the present, one from our midst, is so very talented and knowledgable that we have made him our regular Sunday morning teacher and preacher for the last eight or nine years. He accepts little or no pay.