Church Leadership Reflections Part 1 – Repost

When one says “Yes” to a life of church leadership they are saying “Yes” to a life that has no other vocational contemporary.[1] In my 10 years of vocational ministry I have functioned as a preacher, teacher, therapist, media technician, musician, painter, crisis counselor, and event planner. I have celebrated with families at birthday parties and holiday functions and I have prayed with families as they stood in the ashes of broken marriages. I have dedicated babies to the Lord and I have grieved in emergency rooms in times of death and tragedy. I have stood before a crowd to teach from the Sacred Text no less than 750 times. Yet every time I am reminded of the burden and responsibility that comes with the task. Indeed, church leadership is more than a job. It is a great responsibility that depends upon a solid foundation. One could argue that church leadership is void when separated from a balanced and biblical ecclesiology.

Church leaders are tasked with the care of God’s most prized treasure, the Body and Bride of Christ. This vocation is not for the weary, the prideful, nor is it for those who aspire for recognition and glory.[2) On the contrary, a life of ecclesial leadership is a life of following One who consistently demonstrated a path to greatness marked by suffering, sacrifice, and selfless service. Sequi vestigia Christi hinges upon an intimate understanding of the biblical principles and purposes of church leadership. Forsaking a biblical ecclesiology is like attempting to travel north by walking east: no matter how hard one travels, they will end up lost in the end. The lens of biblical ecclesiology reveals several important aspects of church life. Specifically, it is through the Sacred Text that one discovers the church as more than a simple assembly that is run on the popular leadership theories of the day.

More tomorrow.

[1] John Piper. Brothers, we are not professionals: A plea to pastors for radical ministry (Tennessee: B&H Publishing Group, 2013), 259.

[2) W. H. Willimon. Pastor: The theology and practice of ordained ministry. (Tennessee: Abingdon Press, 2002.), 35.; John Piper

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