Discussion question on The Silent War in the Church Addendum A “A Pastor’s Authority” by Ray Stedman

How are church leaders to be different from leaders in worldly organizations?

My answer to question #1 “A Pastor’s authority”

The ultimate authority in the church is not men, but Jesus.  “The task of the elders is not to run the church themselves, but to determine how the Lord in their midst wishes to run his church.”  The church leaders’ purpose is to lead the church in finding God’s will and seeking to do it.

Discussion question #2 on The Silent War in the Church Addendum A “A Pastor’s Authority” by Ray Stedman

What do you think of this statement by Ray Stedman?  “The ability of a servant to influence anyone does not lie in ordering someone around, but by obtaining their voluntary consent.  This is the nature  of all authority among Christians, even that of the Lord Himself!  He does not force our obedience, but obtains it by love.”

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