• Nige Burr

Leaders - Church look after your leaders.#10

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

Lawrence Mbogoni, an African studies professor, wrote: "Proverb or not, 'It takes a whole village to raise a child' reflects a social reality… As a child, my conduct was a concern of everybody, not just my parents, especially if it involved misconduct. Any adult had the right to rebuke and discipline me and would make my mischief known to my parents who in turn would also give their own 'punishment.' The concern - the moral well-being of the community."

The Bible has something to say about leaders of our churches. Paul advises Timothy, “(a leader) must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)” (1 Tim 3.4-5) Seems obvious really; or is it?

Church goers can fall into the trap of criticising the leaders, without having the love to chat through the concerns with them. Or, the leader can set themselves up so high-above-contradiction, they don’t possess the humility to learn and grow, mistaking Seminary as the only place they needed to learn from! Either way it’s sad. Put joy back into church. Church is a family, a community, a place where everyone is welcome, and all people can grow, with love and safety as the glue.

Reading the Gospels we can see Jesus putting up with 12 fragmented, sometimes disenchanted critics, whom I’m certain complained quite a bit. Yet Jesus was able to deal with these 12 blokes with love and safety. They were a reckless-motley-crew for sure. He knew how to bring the best out of them. Together, a church community can do the same as we teach to bring hope, preach to give confidence, and speak to share love. Looking to Jesus as Life Lasts from there.

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