Two Questions About Human Leadership Vs. The Spirit’s Leadership In Church

Here are two questions about church leadership for pastors and so-called laymen:

Question #1: Who is the most capable church leader in the world?
Answer: The living, resurrected Jesus Christ present in our midst when we gather in His name.
Question #2: Then why don’t we allow Jesus to actually and directly lead our church meetings, instead of running and controlling them with human leadership?
Answer: ?

Possible answers to question #2:

*  The false idea that church meetings have always been run and/or controlled by human leadership.  (The early church had spontaneous, Spirit-led church meetings [see 1 Corinthians 14:26], as did the Quakers and the Prayer Revival of 1857.  Currently the house church movement in China does, as well as much of the organic church/house church movement around the world.

*  Fear of false teaching coming forth.  (However, in our Spirit-led, sermon-free meetings at The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, amazingly in 5 years, we’ve never had anyone share false teaching.)

*  The human need for control — the pastor’s and people’s need for the pastor to earn his keep.

*  The desire for the church service to look professional.

*  The desire to avoid uncomfortable and/or awkward moments in the church meeting.  (However, when this succeeds, it often quenches the Holy Spirit, who Himself likes to stir things up.)

*  Our dependence on programs, bulletins, memorized liturgy, and human agendas.

*  People’s fear of intimacy and desire to be passive spectators in church meetings rather than active participants.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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7 Responses to Two Questions About Human Leadership Vs. The Spirit’s Leadership In Church

  1. david says:

    I totally agree Steve, and because pastors and churches mostly operate these ways it creates a culture of submissive, passive christians that rarely challenge anything the pastor or clergy say and will often dismiss the holy spirit prompting them to do something because it would be seen as ; out of line or unorthadox from the assembly..

  2. Steve Simms says:

    And, David, passive Christians, who disobey the Holy Spirit’s promptings, will never change the world.

  3. Bret McElroy says:

    Good post . . . it’s great to hear this kind of stuff coming from Army leaders . . . have you read Frank Viola, Neil Cole, Allen Hirsch? Your thoughts seem to carry their spirit . . . worth reading . . .



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