I will leave a meek and humble people among you, and they will take refuge in the name of the Lord.Zephaniah 3:12 (CSB)
The question that church leaders need to ask themselves and their elders is this, “Am I modeling humility and meekness as a leader?”
Maybe I’m a little bit cynical, but when I look at the worship service videos of many large churches, I don’t pick up a lot of humility. Or, at least, humility is not the first thing that pops in my head when I see them.
Polished, professional, groomed, smooth; these are words that come to me first.
Perhaps we need God to step in and reshape our expectations as to what church should be.
I am reminded of how the Apostle Paul described his own pulpit ministry:
“When I came to you, brothers and sisters, announcing the mystery of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not be based on human wisdom but on God’s power.”1 Corinthians 2:1–5, CSB
Can we please have a little bit more of the Apostle Paul and a little less of the flashy, hip, bringer of sermonettes? Can we have the humble servant instead of the CEO? Can we have a shepherd and not a vision caster?