The Apostle Paul is a stud. No doubt.
The dude had no quit in him (Acts 20:24). Paul was always in beast-mode. Beat him with rods—ok, that wont’ stop him. Pelt him with rocks? He’ll get back up. Chain him to a wall? An Angel will bust him out.
Church Planters, we look up to Paul. We admire him—but for the right reasons?
A New Perspective? More Like, Bad Perspective
Church planters often develop their own perspective own Paul. One that is a little wonky. It’s a view of Paul from only one side. Not even a profile, sideline picture, but one that is more like a sketch of his chin. Their own carnival charcoal sketch.
Paul was more than a hard-hitting, take-no-mess, put-up-or-shut-up, steam-roller leader. Guys, Paul didn’t give himself a Cool Runnings pep-talk.
And without question, that is the predominant view of Paul’s leadership in the sparkling eyes of the fresh church planter.
“Paul didn’t take anybody’s mess. He stood up for the truth. He told people off. He was serious about the mission.”
Well, yeah, kind of. (We’ll get to the truth in a second).
The problem with that Pauline view of leadership, other than it being wrong, is that it poisons your leadership.
“We don’t have time to take people’s mess. Listen, we stand for the truth. We have a vision, we have a mission. If people don’t get it, well, ‘Bye! They can go to another church.’”
That sure doesn’t smell too Spirit-fruited.
Paul was more than skull cracker. Continue Reading…