“Cada uno siegue por donde quiera, e nos encotramos todos no final.” (forgive me my bad Spanish) This is a funny and well known saying about leadership that we have in Spanish and a little bit different version in Portuguese. It means: “Each one goes to where he/she wants, and we will meet at the end.” This is a very good picture of leadership in contemporary church. I call it: The Book of Judges Leadership Program.
5 – The Church Has Appointed Leaders
The Book of Judges is marked by this expression: “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit. Judges 21:25.” It seems to me that we are living in a similar time. It is not only the lack of leadership, but it is also the unwillingness of the people to have leaders. We just want to do what WE think is right, or good. We do not want to have anyone watching over us and telling us what to do and when to do it.
One of the first things that the apostles did when they started a local church was to appoint leaders. We see this action in the mission trips led by Paul and Barnabas. Here is the text: “Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. Acts 14:23.” That attitude clearly shows us the importance of leadership in the minds of of the apostles.
The Bible is clear about the quality of church’s leaders. They have to be called by God, they have to be gifted by God to exercise their leadership. They have to lead by example in all the areas of their lives, and they have to have a vision of where God wants to take that particular church. Leaders should have an understanding of what God expect from them and have a servant attitude toward the sheep under their responsibility.
The biggest challenge nowadays is the attitude from the members of the church. We live in a time when people do not want to be guided. They do not want to have anybody in their lives guiding them in their Christian journey. They think that they can find the way by themselves. They are learning to challenge and defy the leaders that God put in their lives to help them. They want the church to do their will and to go where they think is the best place and direction. And, if the church does not do that, they pack up and go to the next one.
There is no church without leadership. They must be elected among the most mature Christians in the congregation. They must be willing to lead and serve, and they must be gifted by the Holy Spirit to be in that position. We should understand that God is the one who calls people to be leaders. The congregation just acknowledges that call and votes for that person. When we know this, and believe in this, we will have a different attitude toward the leaders of our churches.
And do not forget that God can call you to be a leader in your church. So be prepared and opened to receive His call for this important ministry.
Have a blessed week,