Continuing on the Pastors Discussion group that I posted in my earlier blog post on Pastor as CEO vs. Priesthood of all believers, I commented the following:
The most important thing is that we continue to look to Scriptures as our model in living out God’s Kingdom. By the world’s wisdom, Samuel had seven way better options to choose as the next king of Israel. And Jesus didn’t invest much time with key leadership potential individuals like Nicodemus but gathered a group of “untrained ruffians”. Jesus himself was the stone that the builders rejected. So much of Scripture is antithetical to the world’s wisdom. But we still try to figure out a way to be a hybrid version of the world’s wisdom and God’s. We also love the top-down leadership idea because it’s all about control and we want that. A comment on my earlier blog from my friend Kyu, “I think throughout the Bible God generally tries to close the gap and men seek an intermediary instead of a direct line, mostly for their own convenience. That’s kind of what idolatry is, isn’t it?” Commenting on this in context of the dichotomy between clergy and laity, I responded, “I think it’s also laziness (which may be a key component of idolatry) – keeping up the dichotomy allows us to be a part of the church at our own convenience as consumers as opposed to full partakers and participants in the body of Christ.”
All of this above and here below is why I react so negatively to even putting the phrase CEO in the same sentence as shepherd (pastor).
“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:8-12)
Or can we substitute Chief Executive Officer or even the way we use Pastor today in there??
The Pharisees lorded authority over others. Let it never be with us! Humility is our key defining leadership characteristic.
I think all of this is key to the problem with our churches in the West today. Are we consumers of church or are we the church? And not just participants or members, but fully partakers in the full life of the body of believers we are a part of? Daily living, breaking bread with, confessing sins, praying, suffering, rejoicing, serving, loving… Thoughts?