If the Spirit of God is amongst the people of God, then why is it so many senior church leaders believe that they alone are the casters and controllers of the vision for a particular gathering of believers. Does God only speak to and through them?One leader of my acquaintance used to insist that any other vision than his was di-vision. (His poor pun, not mine.) My Kiwi friend, Paul Fromont quotes one of his friends in this post, John Hebenton,
“…I see that on a smaller scale in churches, where ordained leaders have believed the line that they are the ones to come up with the vision, and then that becomes about them, and not the vision. This creates such unnecessary conflict and disillusionment. It is tragic. How can I be a leader that allows the vision to emerge from the people I am among, and to not make it about me, so that I am free to allow that vision to change and adapt over time?
As some of us wonder about new ways of being church, this will be a crucial thing to keep in mind.”