Wanted: leader for local church. No salary, no power, prestige, or assumed authoritative position. Benefits include opportunity to set an example for others in order to bring glory to God and a reward in heaven. Applicants need not apply. If interested, walk in a manner worthy of your calling and let your light shine before men by serving others, your leadership will be recognized.
One of the biggest hang ups one will run into after leaving institutional Christianity is lack of specifically defined leadership. Well…leadership in a living and active form through the members of Christ’s body anyway, we always have the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. The biggest obstacle is being submissive to recognized leadership in its present form. While much of the example that is set is worthy of imitation, the claims of God given authority over the laity have a way of choking out our desire to look to them for guidance. That kind of emphasis on position is “not to be so” among the family of God and therefore should be rejected.
So, maybe the ad should read:
Wanted: disciples who know haw to recognize and follow the Godly example set by others. Must be willing to look in unexpected places and have the ability to discern between what is commendable and what is “not to be so among you” . If interested, whatever things are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent or worthy of praise in the lives of others, think about and emulate these things no matter the source.
What do you think? Which ad would get the most response? Which is the greatest need in Christianity today?