Vision and Theology in Church Leadership (Part Two)

How does a church leader/pastor lead people and “get vision” in a church whose theology states God lives with them?

Too many pastors leave their theological training at the door of the board-room. They assume that theology is irrelevant to practical, modern stuff like running boards and committees. Ironically the top-down leadership style they adopt is not only theologically incorrect, but from a leadership point of view, it is also ineffective.

We discuss theology first, then leadership.

Look at just two theological implications of the Holy Spirit dwelling in the lives of church members.

1. People have equal access to God. This was not true of the ancient Israelites who had to go to the temple/tabernacle to seek God. Nowadays any of God’s people can go to Him and ask (and receive) answers and guidance regarding any matter on their heart. The reformers refered to this as the Priesthood of all believers.

2. God desires to communicate with each individual. The Joel quotation in Acts  means that there is no intermediary necessary for God’s people. The days of God communicating to his people through the leader alone are gone. Forget waiting on Moses to go to the mountain to receive the tablets. Now vision and guidance are available to all of God’s children.

Therefore, vision and leadership are no longer the sole purview of the pastor, nor even a select group of “mature” people.

The practical result of this is what secular leadership academics call “distributed leadership.” Each person bears a unique responsibility for a piece of the whole vision (which is the point of Ephesians 2.10).

How does that work, how is it different from consensus leadership, and what is the role of the leader/pastor in such a church? See Part Three.


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