Last Sunday, we looked at the Simplicity of the Lord’s Table and how when the early followers of Christ celebrated communion they were all equal around the table.
This still means there were people in positions of authority because it is important to have leaders carry the responsibility of leadership. In the early movement of Christ followers, called the Way, there was clear leaders in the apostles and those entrusted to lead these various communities. We can see this clearly from the Epistles in the New Testament.
In the Christ model of Leadership, we do not squash our equality with authority. Instead, we honour the fact we all bear a divine fingerprint, with a Servant Leadership approach. This is the leadership approach we see demonstrated by Christ which prioritises the growth and well-being of others.
We see this clearly in Matthew 20:24-28b MSG
“You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage.”
May we follow the Jesus Way in our here and now.