Welcome to episode 4 of The UnSunday Show. Let’s talk about leaders and leadership. I believe we read our 21st century model of institutional Christianity back into Scripture when we talk about leaders and leadership. I believe our present-day top-down authority systems are in opposition to the leadership model we’ve been given in the New Testament. Our top-down hierarchy model in modern-day institutional church settings is in direct opposition to Jesus’ instruction that within his assembly, “it shall not be so among you.” Let’s talk about it.
Welcome to episode 2 of this newly launched UnSunday Show! In this episode, I begin taking a look at pastors. What does the New Testament say about pastors? What is an elder? What is a bishop? What is an overseer? The New Testament letters use these terms to describe certain individuals within the assembly, but how do we know who’s who and how do we sort it out? Does the New Testament employ these terms as honorific titles and/or career paths to be pursued?
These are subjects we will return to often as we continue to peel back layers of church tradition and ask honest questions about some of our practices and assumptions within 21st century institutional Christianity. Here’s a paper I wrote containing some of the issues I talk about in this episode: