Manskar: ‘Keep church’s focus where it belongs’

Steve Manskar on Wesleyan leadership:

Too much of what I am reading and seeing about leadership in the church today is focused on church growth. When the focus of leadership is the church and increasing membership, we end up emulated consumerist standards. If we look to Scripture and tradition we see that leadership is centered on Christ and his mission in the world. They teach that one of the essential roles of leadership is to keep the church’s focus where it belongs: Jesus Christ and his mission in the world. When we focus on what God loves (people, justice, righteousness, and the world) then church growth will take care of itself.

 

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One thought on “Manskar: ‘Keep church’s focus where it belongs’

  1. Hmmmm..
    You can not have effective leadership without great teachers.
    That requires education.
    Effect leaders will CONTEND EARNESTLY FOR THE FAITH ONCE DELIVERED to the saints” (Jude 1:3).
    Effective leaders build “on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.” Ephesians 2
    If one does not know what the founding doctrines of the apostles and prophets were how will they lead?

    Teaching is mostly what Christ did. It is what the apostles did. They explained, defended and educated the masses. They corrected unacceptable practice. They explained and reasoned with the people. They did not compromise the faith.

    When I read posts by leaders in the church I have come to the conclusion they are so enveloped in church culture they forget most persons welcomed into the church have little or no understanding of the church, it’s doctrine, or it’s practice. Most people who are not churched are walking in with a Childs Sunday School Understanding and knowledge of the church, if that. They are easily misled.
    Pastors and leaders use terms like sanctification, justification, salvation by grace and law that fall on deaf ears. Those terms mean nothing to the unchurched. The foundation has not been laid.

    The authority of the Christian Church has been lost by incompetent leadership, giving equal authority to any and all opinion, and an institution mired in headlines that cannot be defended. The authority of scripture used by Christ and the apostles to support and sure up their argument has been usurped by personal opinion.

    You did a post on listening the other day and I wonder is the church really listening.
    Read the headlines and you will find those bishops and pastors that choose to challenge and take the church on are those lifted up. Oaths of office seem to have little or no meaning to more than a few that hold official positions. Laws are broken and promises are unkempt. Politics, which many people find distasteful, are front and center in the church and personal agendas lead the way.
    I’m not sure if I am at a pep rally for N.O.W., the NAACP, GLADD or church?

    The Christian Church was birthed in a hostile environment.
    Will the Christian Church die in a not so hostile one?

    http://www.fourthcentury.com/index.php/persecution-sources/#Eusebius,_Historica_Ecclesiasica_8_appendix_

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