How we view leadership
In a time when many churches are adopting the principles and methods of corporate America, including placing the pastor in the role of CEO, we believe that biblical leadership is still characterized by submission and service. These reflect the incarnational model of God himself. The Father did not lord it over mankind by sending Jesus to be the ultimate despotic emperor or Caesar. Instead he emptied himself and took the form of a humble servant.
So our model of leadership is not position and power but rather mutual submission and service. Jesus Christ himself left his glory in heaven to come to earth, submitted to the Father, and lived a life of service to mankind. In the same way, the members of the church, and those in leadership in the church, have been called to serve each other and the world.
Authority comes through spiritual influence, not through hierarchical position, gender, race, or nationality. All people are made in the image of God, and both men and women can bring valuable gifts to the local and universal church. Church leadership is called to discern the guidance of the Holy Spirit, as together the local expression of the body of Christ seeks to expose the nature of God by embodying the works of Christ to the seeking world around them.