Articles on Leadership

We've been in church leadership for over 20 years. We've had many wonderful experiences in the ministry. We've met some fabulous people and seen the Lord do some amazing things in the lives of others, both Christians and unbelievers. We've also learned a number of different things - the most important of which we learned through difficult situations, painful trials, and making our share of mistakes. In short - through "the school of hard knocks".

We've rushed into doing things that "seemed right in our own eyes" only to discover that we had not adequately sought the Lord for His plan (Judges 17:6; 21:25). We have joined ourselves prematurely to other ministries, only to find out later that while we used the same terminology, our philosophies and world-views were diametrically opposed. We have encountered situations in which we diligently applied the principles taught in the most respected seminaries, and while they might have worked for some, we found them to be sadly ineffective. We've been misunderstood, attacked, rejected, discouraged, and we've battled with feelings of inadequacy and failure. We've been labeled as unsubmitted and rebellious. We've felt as though we were plowing in concrete. We've worked to the point of burn-out seeing very little return for our labor. We've been able to relate to the apostle Paul's experiences in 2 Corinthians 4:8-10. In a word, we've been tested.

But the Lord is faithful! He has used these experiences in our lives to completely change the way we understand His heart. He's given us a powerful love for the "down-and-outer" and He's given us an insight into a deeply entrenched religious system that "seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death" (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25).

One of the principle things we've learned is that those who think for themselves are a threat to the religious system. From Jesus' time onwards, religious leaders have been threatened by anyone who challenges their sacredly held belief systems. Remember, it was the established church leaders of His day, the Pharisees and the Sadducees - the theologically trained "experts" - who crucified Jesus. And they did so because He refused to fit the religious mold they set for Him.

Jesus is radical! His passion to see God's chosen people reconciled to God and freed from the bondage of religious obligation led Him to be crucified by the very people He came to save. His fundamental message was, and still is, "I came to bring forgiveness for your sin, invade your life with my holy Kingdom, and immerse you in My Holy Spirit so that you can enter directly into the presence of our mutual Father without all the rules, regulations, ritual, and tradition that you have so come to rely on."

This part of our site is dedicated primarily to church leaders. The articles here are meant to offer a different perspective than many of us have been taught. They're meant to challenge our traditional thinking and to help us press in to a deeper level of trust in God. They are not meant to be cast-in-concrete doctrine. In fact, many will raise more questions than answers, but we believe that it is time for us to learn to think for ourselves, rather than to simply accept that what we've been taught is correct because we've been teaching it for years.

Check out a few of these articles, and see what you think!

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