I was saddened this morning as I opened my computer and learned of the news of the disbanding of the Mars Hill churches in the Washington area. I love the body of Christ, I love the church. I know that the church is not perfect, it’s lead by imperfect human beings. None of us are perfect or complete. This is why the Bible is full of admonitions like in Proverbs 4:23 to watch over our heart, and to use wisdom by surrounding ourselves with many people to speak into our lives. (Proverbs 15:22). We are not perfect, we are all works in progress, we all need grace and mercy.
Leadership = influence. If you are blessed to be in a position of influence, you are a leader.
When we are in leadership, we need to take extra care to watch over our hearts, minds and attitudes. Interestingly enough, “Pastor Mark has never been charged with any immorality, illegality or heresy. Most of the charges involved attitudes and behaviors reflected by a domineering style of leadership.” (taken from the “News Tribune”) There you go; it comes down to a “style” of leadership.
I cannot even begin to fathom how many hurting people have been left in the wake of this situation. Pastors, staff members, congregation members and their families, and I’m sure the list goes on. It’s a tragedy for the body of Christ as a whole. We need to be praying for the Mars Hill church family. They are part of our family as the body of Christ. Pray for the remaining church leadership, that they will have wisdom in the decisions that lie before them for each church campus. Pray for Pastor Mark Driscoll; that God would be with him and his family in a tangible way. Pray that the Holy Spirit will have an open door to work in their lives and bring what only HE knows they need.
We all are in need of change. Most of us are not in the public spotlight that our shortcomings become news headlines. Thank God for that…..and pray for your pastors today. Pray that God would keep them, guide them, give them wisdom in their leadership, pray for their marriages and families.
And Lord, teach and help me to lead by being a servant. (Matthew 23:11)