We're Not Seagulls

September 26, 2015 at 7:18 PMTony

There is a model of church leadership, which I have been taught in the past, that says we are like a flock of seagulls flying in 'V' formation. We are all looking ahead towards Jesus, but there is someone in front leading. Behind him are others as part of the 'V' and if the leader gets tired they can take his place. This is what happens with seagulls.

In the church this justifies senior leadership teams, ordinary leadership teams, etc. etc. I think I'd be more impressed if the first actually took a turn at being last. That at least would be scriptural.

Speaking of being scriptural what is wrong with Paul's description of the church as a body?

My name is Tony. All the parts of my body are Tony. My left big toe is Tony. My right hand is Tony. my liver is Tony. Every part of me is Tony.

Similarly I am Jesus. And if you are a Christian reading this you are Jesus too. We Christians are all Jesus.

If I want to do something it is not hard. All the different parts of my body work together so that i can run, jump, walk, eat or whatever. There are some sophisticated processes that occur for that to happen but these aren't noticeable.

The church is Christ's body. Do we say that the one who created the human body is incapable of the level of sophistication that the human body has? Maybe we want to simplify things for our own comfort? Or maybe it is really about power and position.

Jesus said he would build his church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matt 16:18). I think we need only Him:

"He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. (Eph 4:16 NLT)"

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