• Nige Burr

Leaders - Church look after your leaders.#7

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

I saw some weird but true job titles on Google the other day. How about applying to be a Chick Sexer – that’s someone who determines the sex of chickens, in case you were wondering. Or if you’d prefer a more fancy-pants title on your name badge, how about Associate to the Executive Manager of Marketeer’ing and Conservation Efforts – you’d be a Marketing Assistant. It’s not just in the marketplace, it’s also in church. I am convinced I heard this guy introduced on stage once as Brother Prophet, Apostle Nathaniel, Teaching Pastor of All Saints Church of the Living Christ. Say that again!! Good grief! Who runs the church near you? In an organisation which was set up 2000 years ago to serve the community, I think titles are a bit over rated. If the Pastor needs to be given a title like that, it surely says more about someone’s ego and nothing about serving.

Here’s the thing; Jesus appointed from a different criteria. In Letters to the Church by Francis Chan he writes, “Jesus’ solution was to replace the professionals and train a group of ordinary, uneducated people to change the world. People like you.” Booyar!! That’s not only in our face, it’s true.

Simply put, cutting away the fat, Ephesians 4 got it spot on; “Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature…” (Ehp 4.11) So much needless expectation is piled onto our leaders, when all along this is the model and the M.O. Give them a break and get back to basics that work. We need maturity? We need this principle. Simples, 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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