Real quick, I was recently reading an article about leadership and this thought came to me:
Is it possible that one of the reasons there is dysfunction within the Institutional Church is due in part to leaders continually using worldly books, tips, rules, stuff about leadership?
Leadership tips, tricks, rules, books, etc are great and are necessary when more than one person is involved with systems in and of the world. Those things are needed to help direct a system away from failure and towards success, but also those things can direct a system from success to failure when the wrong leadership is involved.
Maybe this is, in part, why the institution looks more and more like corporations and franchises than natural bodies of believers?
Maybe a lot of the problem revolves around trying to have the wrong “head” in charge of the Body, instead of looking to The Head?
P.S. – In the interest of ‘intellectual honesty’, I have only been in leadership roles in the ‘institutional church’ on a volunteer/layman level. I’ve never been paid staff. I’ve been close enough in the churches I’ve attended to see a lot…a LOT of what goes on behind the scenes including the endorsement and utilization of leadership material, techniques, etc, etc that come from “world” type systems.
Hope that came across right.