A buddy of mine sent me this link to a March McManus column at Catalsyt:
As I look at the contemporary church model it leads me to conclude we have not only sold out to a corporate model of leadership, but to a secular model of teaming. I was told early on that it is important to keep at a relational distance from all your staff. That the objectivity needed to make hard decisions must not be compromised. The theory is that this professional rapport and corporate culture is necessary for excellence and execution. After all, you can’t be friends with your boss!
I know that this goes against general wisdom but I think friendship is a vital part of New Testament ministry and leadership. In fact I am convinced that we have been unwittingly shooting ourselves in the heart. We call God’s people to live and serve in Biblical community, yet model something quite different. We tell them to love one another when we only work together.
It is amazing to me that we have gone so far astray from the way of Jesus. It goes beyond imagination to conceive Jesus in a professional relationship to his disciples. If I remember correctly he even called those guys his friends. You might even go as far as to conclude that he loved them. They lived life together. No eight to five relationship and then go home. There was a heart connection. Jesus was growing a leadership community serving together on a common mission. There was more than a common vision; their hearts were ignited together by a burning passion. While vision can reach you from a distance, passion is transferred up close. Jesus got under their skin and into their hearts.