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Origins of Church Leadership

Origins of Church Leadership

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Published by Ifechukwu U. Ibeme
Church Leadership evolved from a combination of the Apostles, elected treasurer Deacons/Deaconesses, ordained pastoral Presbyters cum Bishops and Apostolic Delegates, charismatic Prophets/Prophetesses and volunteer wealthy Patrons/Hosts or Matrons/Hostesses.
Church Leadership evolved from a combination of the Apostles, elected treasurer Deacons/Deaconesses, ordained pastoral Presbyters cum Bishops and Apostolic Delegates, charismatic Prophets/Prophetesses and volunteer wealthy Patrons/Hosts or Matrons/Hostesses.

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 ORIGINS OF CHURCH LEADERSHIP
BY VEN. DR. I. U. IBEME.
 
 
%&N'EN'(:
PREAMBLE: Goals and Pattrns !or S"iritual Ladrs#i"
Leadership is about helping people attain their hopes and experience their expectations. This hope or expectations could be godly devotion and self-giving vision and mission based on God’s pleasure, promise,programme, plan and purpose. On the other hand expectations could be ungodly derivation and self-gratifyingaspiration and ambition based on selfishness, worldliness, licentiousness and wicedness. !achariah’s propheticsong called
“Benedictus” 
 is one expression of godly expectation"Lue #"$%-%&
(67) And his father Zachariah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,(6) Blessed !e the "ord #od of $srael% for he has &isited and redee'ed his people,(6) And has raised up a horn of sal&ation for us in the house of his ser&ant a&id%(7*) As he spo+e !y the 'outh of his holy prophets, who ha&e !een since the world !egan(7-) .hat we should !e sa&ed fro' our ene'ies, and fro' the hand of all that hate us%(7/) .o perfor' the 'ercy pro'ised to our fathers, and to re'e'!er his holy co&enant%(70) .he oath which he swore to our father A!raha',(71) .hat he would grant unto us, that we !eing deli&ered out of the hand of our ene'ies 'ight ser&ehi' without fear,(72) $n holiness and righteousness !efore hi', all the days of our life3(76) And you, child, shall !e called the prophet of the Highest for you shall go !efore the face of the "ord to prepare his ways%(77) .o gi&e +nowledge of sal&ation unto his people !y the re'ission of their sins,(7) .hrough the tender 'ercy of our #od% !y which the dawn fro' on high has &isited us,(7) .o gi&e light to the' that sit in dar+ness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of  peace3
'any seminars and motivational materials on leadership today are mainly focused on selfish ungodly leadershipfor attaining worldly goals that satisfy reprobate lusts. The (hristian is so inundated with these anti-biblicalworldviews and ungodly use of power that the (hurch is fast abandoning the distinctiveness of (hristian )piritualLeadership and its revealed godly goals. *auls had personal and corporate godly goals such as these"(olossians #"+-+&
(/1) 4ho now re5oice in 'y sufferings for you, and fill up that which is !ehind of the afflictions of hrist in'y flesh for his !odys sa+e, which is the church(/2) 8f which $ a' 'ade a 'inister, according to the co''ission of #od which is gi&en to 'e for you, tofulfill the word of #od%(/6) 9&en the 'ystery which has !een hid fro' ages and fro' generations, !ut now is 'ade 'anifest tohis saints(/7) .o who' #od would 'a+e +nown what is the riches of the glory of this 'ystery a'ong the #entiles%which is hrist in you, the hope of glory(/) 4ho' we preach, warning e&ery 'an, and teaching e&ery 'an in all wisdo'% that we 'ay present e&ery 'an perfect in hrist :esus(/) ;or which $ also la!or, stri&ing according to his wor+ing, who wor+s in 'e 'ightily3
ORIGINS OF CHURCH LEADERSHIP
 BY VEN. DR. I. U. IBEME
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*hilippians "%-#
(7) But what things were gain to 'e, those $ counted loss for hrist3() <ea dou!tless, and $ count all things !ut loss for the e=cellency of the +nowledge of hrist :esus 'y "ord for who' $ ha&e suffered the loss of all things, and do count the' !ut ru!!ish, that $ 'ay win hrist,() And !e found in hi', not ha&ing 'y own righteousness, which is of the law, !ut that which is throughthe faith of hrist, the righteousness which is of #od !y faith(-*) .hat $ 'ay +now hi', and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, !eing 'ade confor'a!le unto his death%(--) $f !y any 'eans $ 'ight attain unto the resurrection of the dead3(-/) >ot as though $ had already attained, either were already perfect !ut $ follow after, if indeed $ 'ay apprehend that for which also $ a' apprehended of hrist :esus3(-0) Brethren, $ count not 'yself to ha&e apprehended !ut this one thing $ do, forgetting those thingswhich are !ehind, and reaching forth unto those things which are !efore,(-1) $ press toward the 'ar+ for the pri?e of the high calling of #od in hrist :esus3(-2) "et us therefore, as 'any as would !e perfect, !e thus 'inded and if in anything you !e otherwise'inded, #od shall re&eal e&en this unto you3
A$ NA%URE OF SPIRI%UAL LEADERSHIP
The (hurch has been deceived into seeing leadership light from the worldas though the /ord of God has no superior precepts on leadership. 'uch of modern, mundane leadership techni0ues is ungodly. )ome of the modern bestpractices are adulterated inferior analogues of ancient biblical principles. Godhas not left us ignorant of what is pure 0uality leadership. )ociological
research
and management
innovation
 may produce temporal leadership principles thatare, far-reaching and pragmatic but )criptural
revelation
 offers superior spiritualguidance to leadership that will endure forever. The ingdoms and treasure of this world shall bow to and become the 1ingdom of God and of 2is (hrist 34ev##"#5 #%"#5 +#"+6.Leadership for the (hurch should be spiritual not political or mercantile. 7yspiritual is meant that it is in accordance with (hrist and God’s /ord. 8t should be
pastoral
 in style and divine in agenda"
serving the Lord’s saints, to enhancetheir service to the Lord (Eph 4:11-14).
Thus )piritual Leadership has a clear temporal
goal
 of growth in grace but there is also the eternal
hope
 or
vision
 of glory which determine the necessary
mission
 and operational
means
 for )piritual Leaders 39ph "+-+%5 (ol #"+-+&5 #Tim +"-6
.
 The polity of (hrist:s 1ingdom is heavenly and spiritual, ;
not of this world 
;3<oh #="$6 and >
not as the Gentiles who know not God 
; 3'at +?"+-+=5 #Th"-$65 therefore )piritual Leadership does not see its interest but showscompassion. )piritual leadership is not commandant leadership but servantleadership5 not taxing leadership but tending leadership. )piritual leadershipdoes not dictate and devastate lie the bramble 3<dg &"#6 but motivates and
ORIGINS OF CHURCH LEADERSHIP
 BY VEN. DR. I. U. IBEME
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edifies by example 3<oh #"#-#65 not monarchical but collegial. )piritualleadership is not about ingenuity after modern Gentile techni0ues but sincerityafter (hristly precepts and sanctity after God’s pleasure and purpose. 'att+?"+-+=5 <ohn #"#+-#%5 #(or &"#&5 +(or "#-5 @ct #"$, ++5 #*et "#-5 #Thes+"%-#+.
Spiritual leadership derives from the Scripture and hrist and directsto!ard hrist and the "ord of #od
. 8t must be done in the wisdom and poweof the 2oly )pirit 3#(or +"#-%65 to the glory of God 3(ol " #%, +65 and for thebenefit of everyone 3(ol #"+-+&6, but not for personal interests 3*hil +"#&-+#6.)piritual leaders must not only possess and see spiritual
$no!ledge
,
character 
 and
po!er 
 but social
reputation
 too. 3#Tim "#-%6. The )piritualLeader does not L9@A as 29@A but
serves
 and
tends
 as 29L*.The )piritual Leader is not self-centred but God-centred, not ideology-based but /ord-based5 heBshe is not confident in self or in people but in God5heBshe is in covenant with God and so must be accountable to God and sincerewith God:s (hurch 3#(or "#ff5 +(or +"#%6"
2isBher
decisions
 are not by hisBher own will but God’s will5
2isBher
delight
 is not to be obeyed but to obey God5
2isBher
motivation
 is not ambition but devotion 3love of God65
2isBher
method
 is not hisBher devices but God’s direction5
2isBher
selection
 is not by personal desire but by the )pirit’s delight 32eb"65
2isBher
vision
 is not personal dreams but (hrist’s mission and agenda.
B$ S)MBOLS OF SPIRI%UAL LEADERSHIP
The total meaning of spiritual leadership could be drawn from the variousterms used in the 7ible to describe or refer to leaders in the (hurch.
%&'E that the usage of these terms in the ile is not e*actl+ thesame as in the hurch toda+, ecause of adaptations.
a6
Shepherd or Pastor
 C one who
feeds
 3edifies, guards, directs andteaches6 the floc >with the /O4A of grace and T4DT2 in loveE after theexample of (hrist 3@cts +?"+=, +5 #*et "#-6.
ORIGINS OF CHURCH LEADERSHIP
 BY VEN. DR. I. U. IBEME
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