Christian Leadership, Evolution (Part 5)


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Conrad Mbewe, Baptist, African, Charles Spurgeon, Leadership Style, Christian Ministry, Christian Leadrship, Dr Neal McBride, How to Lead Small Groups, The Traditional Leader, The Servant-Leader, The Situational Leader, Dr Reggie McNeal, The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church, Priest or Holy Person, Shepherd or Pastor, Educator or Wordsmith, Managers or Program Directors, Chief Executive Officer or Manager, Apostolic Leadership, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X

And so to placate those Africano’s I thought to reference an African Wordsmith, Conrad Mbewe. I’ve heard him present 3 times and he’s impressed me greatly. Click image to enlarge.

If my evaluation of McNeal is wonky it’d be evidenced in my assessment of his thoughts on the Educator or Wordsmith or his “canonization” of Apostolic Leadership. I had a bit of an emotional reaction to what I read which might very well have tainted my objectivity. I can live with that but I’d like to know your insight into the concepts presented. I have a sneaky suspicion that the more missional you are the more you might disagree with my premise?

Educator or Wordsmith

Up to this point I thought McNeal was attempting to present an unbiased academic model of multiple leadership styles before presenting a new genus, Apostolic Leadership. His disdain for the role of preacher, educator or wordsmith however dripped off the page and I began to realise that instead of presenting options he was arguing for an overhaul of a system he assumes is broken.

“…the world is changing but … the church mustn’t sway to the same tune.”

With subtlety he presents a number of functional roles as if they were developed historically with no Biblical mandate by making statements like, “These have developed across the centuries. They emerged in response to specific leadership challenges” (McNeal 2003:120-139) [emphasis added].

In true emergent character he hat tips Rome and that utterly false order of popish clerical priests by saying, “A priesthood emerged in Christianity very early and remains a powerful leadership function, both in Catholic and Protestant circles” (McNeal 2003:120-139) [emphasis added] (maybe a bit harsh?) .

His final argument rests upon the hypothesis that “We need transitional leaders who will help the church find a new expression in the emerging world” (McNeal 2003:120-139) [emphasis added].

He is right: the world is changing but he is wrong: the church mustn’t sway to the same tune lest we dissolve into the world becoming impotent and useless to the will of the master.

One of the primary roles God sets aside for those who would lead His people is that of teacher and protector. Paul, after describing the personality traits of elders lays down what they ought to be doing in God’s church,

9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.”

Want to hear the verse in context? 1 Timothy 3
What is this about?

In his second epistle to his protégé his exhortation rings out loud and clear,

1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

Want to hear the verse in context? 2 Timothy 4
What is this about?

I for one certainly look forward to exercising leadership by preaching God’s Word to God’s people in God’s power for as long as I have breath. The educator or wordsmith is not dead, it’s merely under attack.

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4 thoughts on “Christian Leadership, Evolution (Part 5)

  1. I’d like clarification as to what you mean by “in true emergent character” … I take it you are not referring to the sometimes-called “emergent church”?

    I worry about ignoring Paul’s wise idea that we when in Rome we should do as the Romans do …

    Also worry about ignoring Pauls advice not to stick to the letter of the law but rather to the spirit of it … imho the spirit of the law puts people before programmes, traditions and structures – no matter how ancient they are.

  2. One aspect of church that Charles Spurgeon highlights is the fact of keeping sight of the Head of the Church all the time. Spurgeon sasy ” as long as the Head is above water the body is ok”
    So that would be my two cents worth. God and His Word are our guiding principle.
    I like what CJ Mahaney says in his book “the Cross centred life.
    ” The gospel is the main thing…we dont bring in new programmes, we follow the main thing” Everyhting fall into place when that is the focus.

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