This may be boring to some of you… but it’s part of an ongoing deep quest for me. One I’m excited to pursue and one in which I expect to find a beautiful plan according to God’s design. As I’ve been reflecting on the role of "pastor" and it’s relationship to the professional structures of North American churches, I was intrigued by the introduction to an assignment for my "Spiritual Leadership in the New Testament" course, written by Dr. Larry Perkins:
"Usually we consider issues of church governance pragmatically- organizing leadership structures so that we can achieve our goals- getting the job done. The New Testament considers church governance essentially a spiritual issue."
The assignment asks us to explore the ways in which governance in the faith community should be viewed as a spiritual formation activity. The exegesis and the readings associated with this assignment are convincing me of a deeper, more blessed biblical concept of leadership, pastoring, and church structures than we tend to grasp in our contemporary contexts. Perhaps I’ll post the essay related to this introduction when it’s complete. Hmmmm.