Is ‘Leadership’ Biblical?

Five reasons to say no.
Is ‘Leadership’ Biblical?
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There's been much ranting and raving on the inadequacies of leadership in the church, but I must admit I recoil whenever I hear people say "leadership is biblical" for a lot of reasons. When I say "leadership," I am talking about the way the term has become adopted into the vernacular of evangelical conferences and books. Last night at our "leadership meeting" (wink wink) I went off on a rant on this very topic. (I have since had to repent—to me repentance is the best way of leading I know.) I posted something on Facebook, and several brothers and sisters set me straight. So, after learning much on Facebook (it is good for something), I feel like I need to put out there why I think leadership in this mode is not biblical, why we might need to find a new word when we are talking about what leaders do in a church, and why, if we are ever going to truly lead a community into the kingdom, it will require a skill quite different from what many in the ...

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