Obviously there is not a leadership style that fits everyone. Also, every attitude, listed above, is not right or wrong in and of itself. We must recognize our unique personhood and adjust accordingly. The key word is “adjust.” These attitudes often preview how we lead people and where we lead people. The Bible uses many terms to describe the church and its members. It refers to the “body,” a “family,” “the gifted,” “priests,” and a number of other special titles. These qualities beg us to adjust accordingly.
Pastors should be given respect and honor by the church family because of their calling. In addition, pastors should give respect and honor to the church family. There are many factors that go into the exchange between “the called” and “the laity.” The mere usage of these terms reflects some of the problem. The Bible does not make this distinction. We are the “body of Christ.”
I realize there are many situations where church members disrespect, mistreat, and fail to submit to their pastor’s leadership. Such behavior causes a bad reflection on the members in the flock, who harbor sweet spirits and Godly attitudes. However, my point in this article is not to judge the bad apples among us. My challenge is to those who serve in ministry. It is important to respect, see potential, equip, encourage, and cooperate with “the people in the pew.” As we share, cooperate, collaborate, give respect, and support the whole body benefits. In addition, this Spirit facilitates an advance in the kingdom of God.