Mark 10.42 and 43 - Then Jesus called them all and said to them, "You know that those who are looked upon as the leaders of the people command them as masters, and the great personages make them feel their power. But that does not happen so among you. On the contrary, if one of you wants to be great, he must be your servant. "
To fully understand leadership in the Church, one must first understand the principle of authority of God. The whole universe is based on the principle of authority / submission. All that God has created is under authority and has authority. God has created physical laws and spiritual laws that remain immutable in their application. The whole universe functions under the exercise of this authority. If we observe only the harmony of our galaxy, we will understand the validity of this principle. Imagine that the earth decides to change its ecliptic around the sun, we would be grilled like merguez on a barbecue or we would look like ice cubes. If she decided to stop turning on herself, the less fortunate would never see the light of day again and life would disappear. Isaiah 45:18 tells us that God does not create chaos (tohu bohu - empty: the same word as in Genesis 1.2). The earth has become chaotic (translation Darby), it was not at the initial creation.
The first sin in the universe was committed when Lucifer decided to step out of his authority, even if it was very big. Then he dragged the first human beings into the same disobedience.Their disobedience caused their fall and their loss and the entrance of death into the world. Our social relations are subject to the same principle of authority / submission. The husband is the head of the woman (Ephesians 5.23), both have authority over their children (Ephesians 6.1), as a "worker" I am subject to my "boss" (1 Peter 2:18), as a citizen , I am called to be subject to the governing authorities (Romans 13: 1ff), as a Christian I am to obey my spiritual leaders (Hebrews 13:17) and we could lengthen the list. In conclusion I will say that the more we obey, the more we acquire authority.
1 Corinthians 12.12 and ss - In effect, let us take a comparison: the body is one, and yet it has many members; but all the members of the body, in spite of their number, form but one body: it is the same with Christ.
Paul, through the image of the body, gives us a strong image of how the Church should be. I want to remove five principles: and the first, the most obvious, is that it is Christ Himself who is the head. The church or team can not function on a democratic model, but it is the one who is the primary authority and He declared that He would build His Church (Matthew 16:18). No person, no organization or denomination can claim that it is "his church", it belongs to Jesus alone and He knows each member. His directives are directly inspired by the Word of God enlightened by the prophetic anointing.
The second principle is that members are diverse and that it is important to accept these differences and in no way tell these members: "I do not need you" (1 Corinthians 12.21). The third principle is that these members are united to each other around the same vision. This sometimes requires the sacrifice of personal concepts for the good of the team, because the good of the team is the priority. The fourth principle is that members are complementary, no one is complete in himself and he needs others. Each member of the church / team has the same utility value, though some will have more responsibilities than others. Finally, in the fifth principle, it must be noted that we are in solidarity with one another and that if a member suffers, all suffer with him. The strength of the chain will be the measure of its weakest link, and these weak links are necessary (1 Corinthians 12.22).
Luke 10: 1 After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two other disciples and sent them two by two in front of him in every city and place where he was to go himself.
No biblical image envisages working alone, as a free electron. The disciples were sent two by two and everywhere we find this notion of teamwork. In recent years, teams of ministries have started working together and the benefit has been great. It is not in the easy moments that we can estimate the value of those who are with us in ministry. We all have very strong spiritual times, a kind of "euphoria" where the sky seems open and the blessing falls afloat, bathing the children of God in the action of the Holy Spirit. At the 1988 Eurofire Convention in Birmingham, dozens of patients were cured before our amazed eyes. But we also had to realize that in an adjoining room, several thousand intercessors stood before the throne of God to show His glory. Workers in the shadows, who are not seen on the stands, whose name does not appear on any invitation card, but who are the vault of support for any ministry, whatever it may be. Is there anyone who supports us, who loves us enough to carry us into intercession when the fight becomes harsh and deadly? If we do not have this kind of people, we are very unhappy as Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 4.9 and 10. Who will raise us when "the euphoria" will have fallen, when the devil, furious with his defeat, will assail us with his fiery features? Thank you for the service, for the availability and the courage of these supports who will probably receive a reward greater than that of the "preacher" in view because as Jesus said: "They already have their reward". And for us, ministry of "the platform", let's return to a little more humility knowing that everything comes from the Spirit of God and that without Him, we can do nothing.
3 John 9 - I have written a few words to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be the first among them, does not receive us.
After all these considerations, what is a good leader? John, in his epistle shows us a bad example of what a leader can be, he wants to be the first and he uses others as a stooge.
Here are some qualities of a leader as God loves them: first, a leader does not impose his authority, he is established by the Lord and does not need to claim his place even if some oppose him. The more anointing we do, the more the opposition will be important because the devil will try to "eject" us from there. The good leader seizes the potential of everyone and helps to bring him to maturity, his advice is positive for everyone to take his place. He accompanies and supports, takes on him sometimes the errors of youth, brings a corrective positive so that his "pupil" grows up.
He does things in four stages: first, he sets the example and his team watches him. Then he spends time explaining why he does things this way. After that, he helps his team members do things themselves while having a positive fix. Finally, he lets them do it, in their own potential, and makes a balance with them from time to time.
He must exercise discipline, always in a sense of blessing, so that the group is not "rotten" by a bad atmosphere. He has to deal with situations of conflict, otherwise the work is in danger.That's the difference with an upstart leader. A leader has achieved his mission when a member of his team is fully engaged in his call, better than he exceeds in his way of doing things.
Colossians 3.12 - Therefore, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, put on your guts of mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, patience.
We can say that there are three great leader figures in the Bible: it is about Moses, David and Paul. All three had a "busy" past, all three went through the break before becoming what they became.
Moses underwent forty years of training in the desert before becoming the leader he became.After being prince of Egypt, finishing as a shepherd is not especially a well-organized "career plan", moreover he had lost all confidence in him.
David, first a national hero who received the royal anointing of the prophet, spent years fleeing adversity and when Saul died, he had to wait another seven years before finally becoming king in Israel.
Paul, full of zeal for his religion, was "plated" on the ground by Jesus and had to wait fourteen years before entering little by little in his "ministry".
Breaking is a necessary step to seize the "entrails" of God the Father communicated to us by the Holy Spirit. We forget too often that God so loved the world (John 3:16). God loves all human beings, even those who have fallen, whether they are still unbelievers or have fallen for one reason or another. A true leader will always have an outstretched hand to raise the one who collapses along the way, he is too aware of his own weakness, because of this break, to still allow the slightest judgment on anyone. It is high time for church leaders to take this role to heart: to be an encouragement to those who desperately seek a way out of their situation.
If you have a position of responsibility in the work of Jesus Christ, I hope that these few counsels will enlighten you, seize you and lead you to this wonderful destiny of being "collaborators" with God.
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