While there are many different definitions of church, the one with which I’m most comfortable, which comes from Stanley Grenz, is that church is a covenant community. Churches are about community, which means people in relationship.
This impacts how leadership operates within the church. Church leadership is different from ‘leadership’ in general in that the people within the community are what church is about. In some types of leadership, people are secondary. In military or business leadership, it is about achieving goals. This might be taking a particular piece of land (military) or making a certain amount of money (business). People might be part of that process, but if the people are ‘used up’ in the process that does matter. It might be sad. But the measure of success is the goals, not the people.
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