This is why the NT uses the term diakonia (servant, slave) far more than any other term to describe leadership in the church. I take these words of Jesus to be an overthrow of all authoritarian leadership in the church. Instead we pastors are to be yielding, serving the local Body in submission to each other out of mutual submission to Jesus as our Lord and reigning King. We are to trust together that God the Holy Spirit is working in the arena of His people where Jesus is Lord (1 Cor 12). The pastor, prophet, teacher, even apostle or elder always serves in this pattern.The comments already promise to be great fodder for further conversation.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
An important conversation brewing
Check out the latest post from David Fitch, James McDonald’s Lost Vision For the Body of Christ? David is raising some important questions regarding leadership and government in the church and is hitting on some important themes, first and foremost the normative nature of servanthood as the mark of leadership. Here is a snippet:
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