In the church we have the same problem, there is more focus on achievements that spiritual growth. We all strive to be the best, the great leader. When you are playing this game, you end up
playing the same game as the world. Leadership in the church should be serving, we should be very careful not to play the Pharisee game and only organise the serving from a leadership position.
There is a lot of factors that one must consider but I would like to focus on the following:
- If you would look at a typical pastors weekly planning, the amount of time spend seeking the face of God, praying and reading bible is shocking. You see people DOING the work of God, organizing planning and directing events with lots of planning but void of a deeper spirituality. In the beginning people will be very impress, but later on their hunger for something more, something deeper will make them uncomfortable. The pastor will start to loose their faith and the great danger would be the he/she would start to understand God only on a level where they can take control of what their faith has become, empty theology. Rationalising what we believe about God until we are stuck with only another social institution. The more people and churches move in this direction People are leaving the churches and one of their major reasons is that although they experience the church as very successful, they do not experience the fruit of the spirit in the pastors, the church or themselves.
- Business. We are far to busy with so many things that is not really important. We have to ask ourselves the question “What is really important?” When Jesus was on earth how much time did He spend on institutions and how much time did He spend on people? We want to bring the Kingdom of God through the institution, Jesus showed us the way by bringing the Kingdom of God through relationships! If we are willing to move into the world we would be able to make a difference in the world. But moving into the world needs time. By moving into the world I do not mean, assessing what we consider is the needs of the world and then helping them with it. I mean being with them where they are, not only where their needs are, but also with their joys. Acknowledging that they have worth. We try very hard to do the right things instead of just loving them. Ultimately loving them is the right thing to do.
- Loving one another. Without loving one another we cannot understand the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Without loving one another we cannot proclaim the gospel of God to others. Loving is not a theory it is a act of your will. People can only experience this love when we get out of our houses, offices and churches and meet them where they are.
David Hayward the pastor in the second article is a very interesting guy. He reacts to everything without actually coming up with a alternative. It is one thing to move away from the "structures" but if you move away and do not build relationships where ministry can happen it is even worse.
The next article I found on http://www.nakedpastor.com/archives/4882
My style of pastoring is a constant frustration to people. Including myself. I don’t fit the bill. And I am vocal about it. I’m open about my struggle with the church, with my vocation, with the faith altogether. I’m open about my own doubts, fears, and questions. I am frequently informed that our church would be better off with a different pastor. Sometimes by those I pastor. But when someone decides to talk to me about it, or when I feel the time has come for me to open my mouth, I tell them that it isn’t just because I am lazy or deficient or inept. I tell them I am like this on purpose, that I am intentional about it and have theological reasons why I am the kind of pastor I am.
I believe my own obvious weaknesses allow others to be weak also. It often happens that when someone visits our church, their reaction is, “Wow! Your people have a lot of problems. They seem to struggle so much!” Actually, no. They are normal human beings. I believe everyone everywhere struggles just as much as we do. We’re just more open about it. And people find this kind of community where they can be honest about their struggles refreshing. How else can you help me bear my burden if we don’t know what it is?
I’ve been told so many times that as a leader I need to exemplify what it means to be a victorious Christian. If I don’t live victoriously, why would anyone want to hang around? Exactly! Which is why some don’t. I would rather exemplify what is real than what is superficial and artificial. I want to demonstrate joy in suffering, not joy without it. I want to be authentic and real, spots and wrinkles and all.
I believe that being open about my weaknesses is what the cross demands. The bible portrays Jesus as weak. The same with Paul. And I love the story of David. There’s something about not leading with authority that is repugnant. I see this in the biblical stories. But I’ve also see this in my own life. When I am deliberately weak and don’t lead with authority and power, which is so popular and in demand, people take this as a green light to despise you, insult you, and consider you disposable. I don’t get no respect. They really don’t know what they are doing. But we are like chickens in a coop. When one becomes sick or has a weakness, the others will crucify it. Well… peck it to death. I’ve raised chickens and I know what I’m talking about. I’m also a pastor and I know what I’m talking about there also.
I thoroughly believe that being weak releases a power that would otherwise hide itself. I think Paul understood this mystery. That’s why he boasted about his weaknesses. It proved that true spiritual wisdom and power was not achieved by human ingenuity, cleverness, intelligence, ambition or charisma. This is why I am the way I am with my community. The depth of love, generosity, spirituality and wisdom is not something we have manufactured. The weakness and humility of the people, even their plainness, ordinariness and self-effacement, are the fertile soil in which things like love, generosity, and wisdom grow.