In our concept of church operation and leadership, we believe that we should do this:
A large group of people, build a platform for the ministry of one person.
But the example of the Bible would lead us to do the opposite:
One person (leadership) building a platform for the ministry of many people.
Why shoudl we do things this way?
Well, for one very important reason--this is the example of Jesus' ministry. Jesus released others to ministry, and prayed that they would do everything He did and greater...
John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Jesus also defined leadership by these terms...
25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise
lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them
are called benefactors.
26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. (Luke 22:25-26)
The "greatest" shall serve all. Now, many have this "feeling". The "practical pastor" will tell you how very very very hard he works for "his people". And in our day, there are many leaders that wish for others to accomplish their calling and ministry. But this will never be fully realized until this principle of "non-authority" is purposefully taught and understood and lived out within the church. Our tradition makes a format that absolutely gives great rights and power (authority) to one person, and at the same time, subverts the ministry which the Bible clearly says is in every one of us. When we have a big, wrong concept of what "pastoral ministry" is within the church, we will strongly live out "strong shepherd---submissive sheep" as the operational plan of the church.
This is exactly the opposite of what the Bible calls for. Apostleship is the operational plan of the church. Equity and brotherhood--as functional principles are the plan of operation.
A pastor is a gate of release (John 9-10)--not a corralling of believers. Leadership ministry is serving others by putting them above you--but not as a feeling--as a function.
The ministry of leadership is to organize and release the ministry of others.
IF--we are going to follow the example of Jesus.