However, many of the people who attended Sunday services with us in the early days left the church because they were unwilling to submit to any spiritual authority. Many do not attend church anywhere, and some have even stopped claiming to be Christians. Others have matured in their faith and returned to our church, where they respect respectable authority and have been a blessing because of their humility and teachable disposition.

To help our people understand how we are governed, I wrote a booklet that we published internally to answer their questions. Over the years, many thousands of these booklets have been given away by our church for our people to read and share with friends and leaders of other churches. After visiting our church, my friends at Crossway asked if I would be willing to rewrite and expand the booklet, which was a humbling honor. I have rewritten that booklet, and the result is this small book. My hope was to boil down some of the big concepts regarding church leadership into a manageable and understandable format. The average person should be able to read this entire book in roughly one hour. You will not read a bunch of cute stories about bunny rabbits giving their lives to Jesus and such because I do not want to waste any of my words or any of your time. My hope is that through this book, Jesus would be honored, churches would be well served, and lost people would meet Jesus and grow in their love for him and his bride, the church.

Footnotes:

1. Matt. 7:28-29.
2. Matt. 9:6-8.
3. Mark 3:15.
4. Luke 9:1.
5. John 5:27.
6. Matt. 28:18.
7. Col. 2:9-10.
8. Rom. 13:1; 1 Pet. 2:13.
9. 1 Pet. 3:1-7.
10. Ex. 20:12.
11. Col. 3:22-25.
12. Heb. 13:17.
13. Eph. 1:10, 22; 4:15; 5:23; Col. 1:18; 2:10, 19.
14. 2 Tim. 3:16-17.
15. John 10:35.
16. Acts 2:42; 15.
17. Eph. 2:20.
18. John 3:17; 4:34; 6:38; 8:29; 12:49.
19. 3 John 9.

On Church Leadership

Copyright © Mark Driscoll
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