In Charge Part Deux!

    Don’t be fooled. Underneath those puffy cheeks, pouting lips, button nose, and dreamy eyes lies a dictator. She is in charge. She determines how much sleep all of us get at night. She also dictates how fast I drive to get home based on the volume coming from her throne (car seat) located directly behind me. At church, I could be preaching from the saddest portion of Lamentations only to look up and see her making the entire right side of the church chuckle while she entertains them with her sly grin and her sinister giggle. When she needs a new diaper we must move quickly and change her highness or suffer further hearing loss. SHE IS IN CHARGE! It is her way or the highway! She is a baby with an attitude who wants her way right now!
    I have noticed that there are pastors who are subscribing to a certain “my way or the high way approach” to church leadership. I use the word “leader” very loosely because these guys don’t lead they demand and dictate. From day one they move in with one plan . . . their’s. They usually use the phrase “my vision” a lot and hold the church’s traditions in contempt. When challenged they retreat to the moral high ground and claim pastoral authority, usually forgetting where their authority comes from and how it should be used. They come into churches like a bull in a china shop and knock everything over. After the bull (pastor) has knocked everything down and gored a few “necessary casualties”, he then explains to the flock that the mess is their fault.
    These guys have forgotten how to lead and to guide people to new ideas and new methodology. They use a cattle prod instead of a shepherd’s crook. Churches are not made up of cattle, and they don’t respond well to the prod. They are made up of sheep. Being a shepherd is hard work that demands great patience and endurance. A shepherd has a genuine relationship with the flock because he leads from within. A shepherd loves the people. He is the kind of person described in II Timothy 2:14-26. He is the kind of pastor our rural churches so desperately need. Oh yeah, he bears no likeness to the baby dictator pictured above.
Published in: on March 24, 2008 at 1:39 am  Comments (2)  


  1. Mike, are you saying that she is not yours??

    Change, a lot of times, is good and even required. However, sudden change can be dangerous. This reminds me of an experiment we did in high school chemistry class. We heated up a soda can until there was some smoke coming out of the opened mouth of the empty can. Then we took a pair of tongs and very quickly turned the can over into a bowl of iced water. The can worked like a vacuum and collapsed itself because of the sudden change in temp. The same is true in the church. sudden change can cause people to feel unimportant and cause the flock to become unwilling and then the shepherd has lost his right to lead.

  2. ohhhhh good analogy!

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