Category Archives: Thriving Administratively

Practical but Feeble Attempts to Apply Paul’s Leadership Principle (1.26)

Paul’s Principle of Leadership expressed in 2 Corinthians 1:24 — Good Leaders Don’t Dominate Others, but rather Create Ways Others Can Live and Act According to Their Own Confidence in God.

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Domination of Others or Their Empowerment? (1:25)

The Principle on Leadership from the Apostle Paul I want to share can be applied in any Polity, I would think.  In Life Impact we are attempting to apply this not only in the quality of the exercise of our

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Want to Be a Role Rather Than a Person? (1.24)

According to God’s conversation with Samuel in 1 Samuel 8, there are a number of “abuses” that arise within a hierarchical system of management and governance.  Here are the 6th and 7th ones.

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Men Cause Conflict in Our Freedom to Serve the Lord (1.23)

Oh, the realities we live with in a fallen world, when men run the systems that control our lives instead of God running the government over our lives.  (In an indirect way He still does, however, since He’s

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Ouch! The King Takes at Least 10% Away from You! (1.21))

While I’m focusing most on the “hierarchical system” in this series of blog posts, I want to reiterate again, that leadership abuses can surface in any of the basic three types of church Polity.  The leadership philosophy, personal security, and … Continue reading

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Do You Want Lack of Job Control? (1.20)

A Hierarchical system of governance creates some loss of freedom for the people in that system — according to God’s words to Samuel in 1 Samuel chapter 8.  Here are a couple more ways in which personal freedom is taken … Continue reading

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Do You Want Loss of Family Control? (1:19)

The NT commands us to be submissive to the leaders the Lord provides to give guidance to His Church and our lives.  That’s a responsibility we must carry.  Any spiritual leader appointed to that role and task, has the

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The Holy Spirit’s NT Pattern (1.18)

 Often, as adults, we act like a 5-year old with God.  We go to Him in pray with this attitude,  “I wanna have that.”  “I wanna have that.”  “Boo hoo.  I can’t have that.”  “I wanna have that!”  You get … Continue reading

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An Old Testament Example of the Hierarchical Challenge (1:17)

Batting around organizational philosophy as we are, we should ask the question, “Does the Bible say anything about hierarchical organizational structure?” Probably most of the arguments for and against hierarchy and Biblical

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Two Dangers of a Hierarchical System (1.16)

When Sheri and I were at Hope College trying to figure out which direction our lives should take, the Lord led us to a Christian organization, The Navigators.  Walt Henrichsen was the Nav Rep at Western Michigan University, but had … Continue reading

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