Dare 2B Daring August 29, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“He is the Head. All understanding centers there. What judgment has the arm? What comprehension has the foot? All the power to know lies in the head. Why should the member have a brain of its own when the head fulfils for it every intellectual office?” – C.H. Spurgeon
I have seen two things incapacitate – and sometimes destroy – churches and other organizations. The first is the lack of a true leader, one who inspires others around him to accomplish great things. The second is too many leaders... or too many people who think they are leaders.
When I founded my first ministry in 1987, I chose to surround myself with a strong board of trustees to whom I would remain accountable. After all, Scripture teaches that there is safety in a multitude of counselors (Proverbs 11:14). However, I also established a hierarchy where, as executive director, I would have the authority to direct the ministry’s day-to-day operations. Because I was the ministry’s founder too, I was also responsible for much of the “vision-casting” that took place over my 24 years at the helm.
To me, placing authority in the hands of a trusted individual while holding him or her accountable is the best way to guarantee organizational success. On the contrary, if you want to sabotage an organization, undermine the leader’s authority by making him constantly ask for permission and second-guessing him at every turn.
Another way to ensure that an organization will never fulfill its potential is to allow too many people to have an equal say in the decision-making process. Successful organizations usually are not dictatorships. However, allowing “too many cooks in the kitchen” will definitely spoil the broth every time.
That is what Charles Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers”, was getting at in today’s quote. Yes, as believers, we are all members of the same spiritual body. Some of us are hands, others are feet, and still others are ears and ears. But there is only one Head, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to follow His teachings and His Spirit as best we can. And we are also called to follow His undershepherds, our pastors and elders, in the same manner.
Congregational-led churches are not only doomed to fail, they are also unbiblical. Don’t take my word for it; instead read – and take to heart – the Apostle Paul’s teachings on the subject in I Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
//“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”// I Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV)