What’s the Deal with Delegation? Part 3: Establishing Proper Attitudes Toward Church Leadership

In a previous blog, I discussed how delegation involves the Godly principle that reinforces the directives of the Great Commission.  Today’s focus involves the second principle of delegation: establishing proper attitudes toward church leadership.
 
The following statement from Church Administration: Effective Leadership for Ministry captures the essence of having a proper attitude concerning church leaders:  
A church needs leaders and leadership. It deserves and requires both. God has promised His church His presence and His leadership, along with His power and other resources. Among the resources He has given are people to lead. These people themselves are His gifts to churches; and the individual gifts they have been given come with the gift of themselves. 1
 
A question arises, then, about the source of a believer’s attitude.  Should friendship, age, experience, or education determine how we respond to those entrusted with leadership roles in the church?  God forbid. Church leadership shouldn’t be determined by a pastor’s ability to threaten or cater to a special group of people as if they’re a social club.   The Apostle Paul provides insight about this matter in I Corinthians 11:1  “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ (NKJV).  Paul points out three principles that govern Christians’ proper attitude.  
 
First, he uses an imperative command for the Corinthians to “Imitate” him.  In this context the Greek verb mimētēs, from which we derive the word “imitate,” relates to the idea of “following.”  Most notably, this verb is exclusively associated with Christians and their genuine striving to be like Christ and should not be confused with imitation in the sense of fraudulent believers (I Corinthians 4:16, Ephesians 5:1, I Thessalonians 12:14, and Hebrews 6:12). Paul justifiably reaffirms his qualifications as a Christian leader based on his personal testimony from the Damascus Road conversion along with his bold proclamation of the Gospel.  
 
Secondly, Paul reminds the Corinthians of the source of His authority by saying “imitate Christ.”  The Greek translation of verb “imitate” is different from before:  ginŏmai refers to becoming, behaving like, or belonging to.  Consequently, Paul glorifies and honors Christ for leading and directing his decision-making rather than relying on his intellect.  Paul quickly diffuses any accusation of self-righteousness in Philippians 3:7 when he states what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ” (NKJV).  
 
Thirdly, Paul states “just as I also” to establish a leadership link among Christ, himself, Corinthians, and modern day Christians.  Paul follows or lines up under the ministry of Christ because he belongs to Him. As Christians, the Corinthians also follow Paul’s example since the Greek translation of “Christians” (Christianŏs) means “follower of Christ.”  Like Paul and the Corinthian church, we should align ourselves under the leadership of Godly leaders who proclaim the Gospel and glorify Christ.
 
So what’s your attitude about church leadership?
 
1  Tidwell, Charles A. Church Administration: Effective Leadership for Ministry. Broadman Press, 1985.  203. Print.

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