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1 Author: James Poitras Global Center for Christian Development Developing Christians Everywhere!

2 Global Center for Christian Development Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership Acts 6 is a great place to begin a discussion of church government. When we understand church government, we will understand the channel of church authority and the role each person plays in leadership. Special emphasis in this lesson will be on the Deacon and his role in shared Church leadership.

3 Global Center for Christian Development Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership Before going further, it is to be understood that the method God has chosen to govern His church is called Theocracy. Theo - GodCracy - Rules

4 Global Center for Christian Development Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership Theocracy means God rules. God has always wanted to rule in the hearts of men. He has always chosen leaders, but he also remained the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords over His people. Those whom He has chosen are expected to live in strict accordance and obedience to the Word of God and voice of the Spirit. If this is not done then leadership has failed in their office. Man cannot rule Gods Kingdom any way he pleases.

5 Global Center for Christian Development Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership Everyone in Gods kingdom is subject to a higher power. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Romans 13:1

6 Global Center for Christian Development Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership In the Church we do not believe in dictatorship; one man rules the church. In the Church there is not a system of monarchy; rule is done through inheritance (passed down from generation to generation). The church is not a system of communism; elders rule together. The Church is not like politics where democracy works; congregation rules the church.

7 Global Center for Christian Development Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership The method God chose to rule His church was established through Moses. He is the Old Testament example of the way God wanted to set up church authority.

8 Global Center for Christian Development Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership One day Korah said, Moses, you take too much upon yourself. (Numbers 16:3). Look at the result found in Numbers 16: Miriam, the sister of Moses said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? Hath He not spoken also by us? (Numbers 12:2). As a result she became leprous. This is a type of sin in the Old Testament.

9 Global Center for Christian Development Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. Psalms 105:15 David (a man after Gods own heart) gave excellent advice: On two occasions he could have killed Saul but he didnt. (1 Samuel26:8-9)

10 Global Center for Christian Development Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership The Pastor is Gods leader in the Church. He should seek the counsel of Gods people, not being abusive or insulting. He should always show respect and love for his flock. He should seek advice from his councilors (local church board) and be prayerful in making decisions in the church.

11 Global Center for Christian Development Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership It was never intended by God that the pastor do all the work in the church. The Early Church realized this when they started to be involved in waiting on tables. The answer was found in appointing deacons to take care of these needs. Moses also experience this problem and was given a command to appoint elders to assist him.

12 Global Center for Christian Development Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership Deacons are responsible for the practical, non-spiritual church functions. Under the supervision and authority of the pastor they can be used to perform both spiritual and non-spiritual duties in the church. Deacons are men who share the burden and vision of the pastor for the work of the Lord.

13 Global Center for Christian Development There was a twofold purpose of appointing deacons in the Early Church: The main purpose was to allow the pastor to continue in prayer and ministry of the Word. The second purpose was to give authority to capable men who could handle matters in the church.

14 Global Center for Christian Development Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership Moses was told to appoint men who would share in the burden he felt. He was burdened with the needs of the people. They will help you carry the burden so that you will not have to carry it alone. Numbers 11:16-17 Jethro Mosess father in law gave similar advice found in Exodus 18:17-23

15 Global Center for Christian Development Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership A deacon can be appointed/elected to cover any area of need in the church (whether it is spiritual or practical). In some countries deacons would be called Department Heads, Coordinators, and Directors.

16 Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership Global Center for Christian Development A pastor must train leaders for the church to grow. He cannot and should not be everything.

17 The deacons are also in place to provide counsel. Before the pastor acts in business matters he would be wise to seek the counsel of the deacons. (Proverbs 1:5; 15-22; 20:18). They should also help in discipline of members. Joint action spreads the responsibility and lessens the reactions. The deacon should help in harmony and unity. Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership Global Center for Christian Development

18 A deacon can stop gossip, straighten out misunderstandings, explain why certain actions have taken place, and keep general harmony. Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership Global Center for Christian Development X

19 Hand in hand; pastors and deacons can share leadership to advance the Kingdom of God. Lesson 16- The Principle of Shared Leadership Global Center for Christian Development

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21 1. What type of church government does God have? What does this mean? A theocracy meaning God rules.

22 2. How should those chosen by God conduct themselves? They should live in strict accordance and obedience to the Word of God and to the voice of the Spirit.

23 3. What does Romans 13:1 tell us about everyone in Gods Kingdom? Everyone in Gods kingdom should be subject to a higher power.

24 4. Who is the Old Testament example of the way God wanted to set up authority in the Church? Moses

25 5. Who are two examples of people who overstepped their authority? Korah and Miriam

26 6. What was the excellent advice King David gave when it comes to dealing with the anointed? He said, Touch not thine anointed and do my prophets no harm. (Psalm 105:15)

27 7. What was the twofold purpose of appointing deacons? First, to allow the pastor to continue in prayer and ministry of the Word. Secondly, to give authority to capable men who could handle matters in the church.

28 8. What is meant by the principle of shared leadership (as illustrated by Moses)? Principle of shared leadership is expressed in Moses appointing men who would share the burden that he felt. This is the same reason for the appointment of Deacons and church leaders

29 9. What must happen in order for the church to grow? The pastor must train leaders.

30 10. What is the role of the pastor and deacons when it comes to counsel? The pastor is the leader in the church and can call upon the deacons to provide counsel (especially in business matters). The deacons should also help in the discipline of members. They should also help in maintaining harmony and unity. Pastors and deacons can share leadership to advance the kingdom of God.

31 11. What are some of the roles (work) of a deacon as outlined in this lesson? 1. Allow the pastor to continue to pray and minister the Word of God. 2. To perform spiritual and non-spiritual duties in the church under the authority of the pastor. 3. Provide counsel when requested. 4. They should help in discipline of members. 5. They should help in harmony and unity. 6. Work hand in hand with the pastor to advance the kingdom of God.


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