This is from Dan Kimball’s book, The Emerging Church –
In his book Dining with the Devil, Os Guinness writes of an alarming observation made by a Japanese businessman: “Whenever I meet a Buddhist leader, I meet a holy man. Whenever I meet a Christian leader, I meet a manager.”
It is my prayer that as I grow into my position(s) of leadership within the Church, I will be known more as a holy man than as a manager of events and tasks. May my priority be people and drawing them to God, not just fitting them into a perpetual machine that we call many modern churches.
God calls us to submit to our leaders within the church. What are you supposed to do if you cannot trust the leaders in your church? Do you still submit to them, or do you find another church?
Not that we’re going through this at Sonlife. I know other people in other churches who are experiencing this conflict, though. I wonder what I should tell them when I attempt to provide godly counsel. Where do you draw the line and say enough is enough? How do I encourage someone to leave without encouraging a church-hopping, consumeristic attitude?