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I think the prevalent system of leadership that the church has crafted over the centuries inherently breeds arrogance. There seems to be a mindset that asserts leaders have all the answers, always know what to do, have the final say, and should play an intricate role in the decision making process of the people “below” them. Much of the church has gotten away from a servant-based leadership model that encourages others to come fully into their spiritual inheritance and mutual authority and instead settled for a hierarchical top-down, controlling model. Too often, this leads to arrogance, because if you teach that leaders are OVER people, know MORE, and should be OBEYED, once they become leaders, they will most likely come to the logical conclusion that they ARE better, hence the arrogance. This might sound hippie-ish, but the “man” and “the system” are holding us down! :)
I like your crazy hippie talk!
Part of the problem with that same model is that it encourages the laity to expect an aggressive decision maker. We as parishioners have stopped viewing ourselves as accountable to any sort of decision making in our local bodies, defferring (that is so spelled wrong, 70x7 on the forgiveness) judgement to those in charge. Just wanted to say that it's not just the arrogance of leaders, leaders are *expected* to be arrogant by those who are led by them.
i'm gonna say that i think its not an exclusive club, i think we've all got arrogant in that individually we each believe deep down that we are right.Our right to do/think/be what we dam well please and who the hell is anyone else to tell us differently means that we're forever buffering up against arrogance - our own and that perceived in anyone else who tries to mess with our own kingdom...
I too am faced with that Paul.Evidenced by the fact that I too love the shirt Sally!
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