Connected with some friends today and momentarily slipped into an old familiar story.
I’ve had this idea for a really long time about how leadership in the Church is supposed to work. I’ve spoken it out loud a few times since we started the church here. Usually the conversation goes pretty
much the same way every time. Just like today.
Most Sundays, when I’m behind a mic and welcoming folks to our gathering, I make a point to introduce myself by saying, “…I’m Brian, one of the leaders here at Community Church.” It’s funny how relieved some people are by that little phrase, it’s even funnier how irritated others are. My friend Greg likes to say I’m just “another Bozo on the bus.” Far from disrespectful, I’m grateful. In fact the greatest introduction I can get is, “This is my friend Brian.” As opposed to “This is my pastor…” Yuk.
I believe with all my heart and head that I’m privileged to be surrounded by leaders in our community. I also believe with both of those sweet spots that leadership in the Church has always been meant to be flat. Flat as a crepe.
“But there has to be someone who everyone knows ‘the buck stops here’.” Really? Why? What happens if there isn’t? I’ve had good friends, including my wife, question my sanity on this one. But when I look back at the early days of the church I don’t see a “Buck Stopper”. Why do we suddenly need one now?