I’m following up my Analog Conversations post with a few other articles which further thoughts/discussion we started previously.
Lucas Land is also following up on a previous post of his own (with comments following) when he asks, Was Jesus a Pastor or a Leader? Lucas is being (happily?) influenced by Frost & Hirsch, The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21 Century Church (a book I’ve been recommending fairly heavily for a guy who hasn’t finished reading it yet, but it’s that good). He quotes a comment from his earlier post, which asks, â€œAre there sources, other than Frost (may biblical ones) that promote the flat model over effective servant leadership?â€? Problems here are (a) the flat model is not non-analogous (by the way, what’s the opposite of analogous, anyway?) to servant leadership, as I would argue servant leadership will naturally exist in flat structures; and (2) effective servant leadership is not necessarily heirarchical (this facet is redundant to the prior point) and I’m becoming increasingly skeptical that heirarchical structures can demonstrate effective servant leadership. Heirarchies distribute power, and power corrupts. Heirarchies imply position, which feeds pride and, for lack of a better word (I’m stuck for words all of a sudden), snobbery (which is a stronger word than I mean to imply here).
Meanwhile, Kester Brewin opines the question of the validity of full-time work in the church versus what he calls “distributed leadership” in Sustainability | Full-time Church Work | Distributed Leadership (HT:Wendy Cooper). And while browsing there, hello, I notice that Kester speaks my language: Accountability and Responsibility – how can they work in EC’s?