The Balance Of Singular Headship And Plural Leadership
Introduction: One of the most elusive possessions for many churches is the
balance of leadership. Either spiritually dominated by one man or politically
controlled by a group, most churches operate in an imbalance of leadership.
The result of this imbalance is internal tension, mistrust and failure to achieve
the desired goals of ministry. On the other hand, the rewards of balanced
leadership are the opposite. Internal peace, trust and accomplishment of God's
will for the church are the fruits of a Biblical balance of power in the local
FIVE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF BALANCED LEADERSHIP IN THE LOCAL CHURCH
I. QUALIFIED SENIOR PASTOR
- Four areas of qualification for the senior pastor
a. VISIONARY - The #1 responsibility of the senior pastor is to receive, communicate and successfully implement God's vision for the church.
- Vision must be ratified and clarified by the group of elders, but it will never be received as a group.
b. GENUINELY SUBMITTED
- Pastor must view the eldership as God's voice to him. If he ever begins to view them as adversarial or resistant, it means a breakdown of authority and progress.
- Pastor must view the eldership as ultimately responsible to God for tlie decisions of the church. The pastor is responsible to deliver to the eldership what he believes
is right, biblical, timely and God's will. The outcome of the elders meetings must be viewed as God's will. If the elders are wrong, they will be accountable to God, not
- Genuine submission can be easily measured by the disposition of the pastor in communicating with the eldership and in his response to answers and decisions
contrary to his original position.
c. CORPORATE LEADERSHIP
- Through preaching, teaching and communicating, the senior pastor must be able to instruct and motivate the leadership as well as the congregation to accept and
respond to God's will and visio ...
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