Christian Leadership, Where to from here? (Part 6)

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Hey, if you’re new to this thread of thought I’d encourage you to start at the beginning: Christian Leadership, Thesis: Which box do I fit into? so you can wrap your mind around the ongoing discussion. Thanks to those of you who’ve commented over the last few weeks. I guess when you look at this discussion and the previous, Addressing Leadership Pitfalls in Africa you get a good idea of my initial thinking on the subject.

Feel free to comment and if I’ve overstepped point it out; I’d value the interaction.

Managers or Program Directors

The idea of manager or program director smacks of church growth and yet people, property and programmes do need supervision. As an Overseer I will exercise responsibility and stewardship of the local church in this area.

Chief Executive Officer or Manager

Although there will be much to manage the congregation I’m moving to will not require a Chief Executive Office type leader.

Not yet anyway ;).

Apostolic Leadership

“…I’m not ready to emerge; I’ll chose not to tick this box.”

The theory behind Apostolic Leadership does not sit well with me. Although some aspects such as evangelism and focus on God’s glory are clearly Biblical I’m reminded of adage, “All that is gold does not glitter” (Tolkien 1983:167).

McNeal paints in broad brush strokes how he sees the leaderships needs of the church morphing. His focus is on change. He ends the section dealing with past leadership styles by saying, “These leadership roles, however, are primarily geared for the current church culture. We need transitional leaders who will help the church find a new expression in the emerging world.” (McNeal 2003:120-139) [emphasis added].

The words emerge and emerging crop up 11 times in this one short chapter. It’s clear that McNeal believes change is needed. Yet as I consider Scripture I’m quite sure that God intended His church to be run His way.

I’m not ready to emerge; I’ll chose not to tick this box.


Biblical leaders came in all shapes and sizes. Abraham the lying Patriarch, Joseph the stately ruler, Moses the stuttering leader, Joshua the fearless conqueror, Sampson the sinful judge, Daniel the God-honouring advisor, David the shepherd king through to Jesus the God-man.

Those that ruled particularly well seemed to rise above those around them, unrestricted by men empowered by God,

21 a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work” (2 Tim 2:21)

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


Clement 97. The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians. n.p:

Fox, Michael 2005. The Accessible Hegel. New York: Prometheus Books.

Lewin, K et al 1939. Patterns of aggressive behaviour in experimentally created social climates. Journal of Social Psychology 10, 271-301.

Mack, Wayne 1999. Strengthening Your Marriage. Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing.

McBride, Neil 1990. How to Lead Small Groups. Colorado Springs: NavPress.

McNeal, Reggie 2003. The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Stephenson, Dave 2007. Is the Church an Autocracy? [Online] Available

Tolkien, John 1986. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. New York: Del Ray.

Wikipedia (2010). Servant leadership. [Online] Available

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