One of the things that I love about our church and, that I forget makes it unique, is that we have three equal copastors. There is no lead pastor and each of the copastors depend heavily on the help of our community to make our church work. It’s an interesting set-up and one that seems to be a best practices way of running any organization. When you get rid of the sole “sage on stage,” you make room for many voices, talents, and gifts.
In The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb, Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel look at ways in which we allow power to corrupt our churches and communities. Often the power comes from having a lone pastor as the brand of a church. But often, it comes from the church community expecting one person to meet the needs of so many.
The authors interview seven leaders in the evangelical church and ask how they reframed their idea of power. From Jean Vanier to John Perkins to Eugene Peterson, we gain glimpses into what it looks like to give up prestige and follow a different path.
The interviews are interesting but they seem a bit disjointed. There is very little background or lead-in as to the reason these particular men (and one woman) were chosen as examples of leading without power.
This book was definitely written for pastors or people who are in places of power. Goggins and Strobel try to make their message more universal – at one point they mention that even stay-at-home moms struggle with power. But, all their experiences and examples are for people who are in a place of leadership.
Overall, I think this book is good for the target audience of pastors, professors, and people who are given a lot of power over others. For me, it fell a bit flat. But as I read, the disconnect was definitely from my own place in life and not because the general topics aren’t important.
How do you view power? If you’re not in a traditional leadership role, how do you balance your expectations of those in charge?
GIVEAWAY! I am giving away my copy of The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb. Leave a comment about your experience in leadership and I’ll randomly select a winner on Friday, March 17, 2017. (United States addresses only.)