I’ve noticed something over the last seven (almost) years that I’ve been blogging: posts about leadership among the church typically get a huge (often emotional) response from all sides of the issue. I’ve written several posts and several series of posts about leaders, elders, etc. among the church. Those posts tend to get the most comments and the most push back – again, from all sides of the issue.
I don’t write posts for these reactions, but those are the reactions that I typically get. And, as I read posts about church leaders on other blogs, I’ve noticed the same kind of reactions – regardless of the author’s views on the church and leadership.
In other words, regardless of what we say, we care alot about what people think, say, and write about church leaders. Why? Because we recognize that among the church today, leaders carry alot of weight… they have alot of influence… they often have control and power over people (even if they don’t want to)… their name is on the sign (even if it’s a little smaller than Jesus’ name).
I was thinking about this fact (the fact that leaders carry alot of weight among the church) over the last few days when I browsed through several really good posts about leaders. Here are several of them:
- “Leadership and the New Testament” by Chris at “Journeys of heart and mind“
- “No One Has Been Called to be a Professional Pastor” by Eric at “A Pilgrim’s Progress“
- “Because Elders Need More Time in Word & Prayer” by Miguel at “God Directed Deviations“
- “The Super Guru Culture” by Rob at “Real Church Life” (ht: Jim)
And, of course, earlier this week I published a post called “The changing face of full-time ministry.”
Because of my views on leaders among the church, I’m often charged with believing that there should be no leaders at all.
If by “leader” you’re talking about a hierarchy of control, power, responsibility, vocation, and service that is reserved for a few among the church who function on behalf of the church, then, yes, I’m in favor of removing that kind of leadership. I think the church would be healthier without those kinds of “leaders.”
If by “leader” you’re talking about mature followers of Jesus Christ who lives and words are a demonstration and example of what every believer should be like and who are among the church and function along with the church, then, no, I’m not in favor of removing that kind of leadership. In fact, I think the church would be far healthier with more and more of these kinds of leaders.