Thursday, January 19, 2012

We Need More Shepherds In The Church

Most leadership models in our Churches look like this:

Taken from Gordon Fee's " Listening To The Spirit In The Text"

I believe that the Biblical model - without clergy at all, but with identifiable leadership, consists of leaders who are part of the whole people of God

The New Testament presents leadership more in terms of shepherding and tending to the household of faith, than it does to ruling and  dictating.

Christ is the head of the Church: "He is the head of the body, the church"—Col. 1:18.

Leaders in the Church function under Christ:  "not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock" ---- 1 Peter 5:3.

 Leaders are to function as servants: They kept in their heart what Jesus said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave–just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:25-28). 

Gordon Fee in his book, "Listening To The Spirit In The Text" tells us "that the leadership in the New Testament people of God is never seen as outside or above the people themselves, but simply as part of the whole, essential to its well-being, but governed by the same set of "rules." 

Many have been hurt by leaders in churches that have assumed for themselves an authority that the Bible never gave them.

To those who have been hurt and wounded by the arrows of vain, prideful leaders---let me invite you to come and get a fresh glimpse of our savior. Come to him and be healed by the anointing of His love.

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