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Stefan, the point of having three cameras is to enable editing, which I’m sure you already know. With any live event, even if all your cameras have operators, you usually have to edit around blocked shots.
If an eye-level shot of the pastor is requisite, try moving the pastor-camera down to the front pew, on the aisle. I’ve done this for weddings from time to time and it works well. Another possibility, if you must shoot from the rear of the church, is to place your manned camera on a dolly so that you can make subtle moves when necessary to avoid thoughtless people standing in front of you. Also, place the unmanned camera tripods nearly touching the back of the last pew, thus preventing anyone from standing directly in front of the camera. An assistant to shoo off the thoughtless is also a possibility.