Plural eldership – principle or practice

At our Union Learning Community today we ended up talking about how we approach the question of plral leadership. We spent a little bit of time talking about approaches that emphasise a single leader within the hierarchy. What We actually tried to do here was be fully empathetic with the view and understand the arguments for it ( I may try and include a post on this sometime). This was stretching. However, I think that our group remained convinced at the end that leadership in general and leadership in particular should be plural.  Continue reading

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How we relate to leaders

We’ve taken time in recent posts to show that leadership is not about hierarchy, inner circles, power or control. Leaders are not to Lord it over the church, nor to rely on their position or charisma to push things through. Church leadership should not be authoritarian.  Leaders and teachers are gifts to the church and so we should focus on being gifts rather than on status and titles (cf Ephesians 4:11). Continue reading

Leaders

When I first came to Bearwood Chapel, one of the things I said at the start was that I cannot guarantee that I will get everything right.  I am human and fallible, I will make mistakes. So, the promise I made was that when I get things wrong I will be the first to hold my hand up.

I’m reflecting on that for two reasons as we talk about leaders in the church. First of all, I have always felt that an important requirement of leadership is that leaders should be teachable. We must not put them on a pedestal and infallible. Continue reading

Male and Female he Created them (2) Gender, roles and church continued

So, here is the next stage of my thinking out loud.

My gender isn’t something I can chop and change. Who I am in terms of role is firmly tied to who I am physically. I am male. Continue reading