What’s the management structure of your heart?

It used to be simple when Jesus was the King, because we all knew what to expect.

Kings are in charge, they offer protection and security and expect unconditional allegiance in return. From a good king you could expect justice and parity, but treason was unacceptable and antisocial, and usually a capital offence.

But kings are a bit old fashioned as a model of leadership, aren’t they?

I guess I’m not the only one to have slipped into a more corporate management structure, where God takes the place of the Chairman of the Board. Now He’s still in charge. He still has the final say. But if we are honest, have we installed ourselves as Chief Executive Officer?

When I think about how I sometimes plan and lead, it does seem like I treat God as the Chairman and myself as the CEO. Yes, I still send in regular reports. Yes, I still recognise he is my boss. Yes, I know that my leadership is only a delegated function from Him. And yes, if he did ask me to hold back on something then I would obey. But functionally, like a real CEO, I’m leading how I want to lead and expecting His backing if things get rocky. It’s a far cry for Jesus being King in my life

So how about you?

  • In the way we make plans and lead, have we relegated Jesus to Chairman of the Board instead of King?
  • Are we more interested in developing the ‘brand’ or ‘returning shareholder value’ than being a subject of the true King?
  • How do we present our plans to God? As a fully costed proposal, or a brainstorm with Him in the room?
  • What do we need to start praying to show that Jesus is King, not just a functional part of the management structure?

3 thoughts on “What’s the management structure of your heart?

  1. RT Kendall makes a similar point in his book ‘The Anointing’; he says “one of the most frightening comments I have heard since I entered the ministry was uttered by an Episcopalian priest in America: ‘if the holy Spirit were taken completely from the Church, 90% of the work of the Church would go right on as if nothing had happened!’ What a travesty of what the Church is meant to be! And can it be true also of our personal lives – that many of us are churning out ‘Christian’ activity that has no touch of God upon it? There is only one antidote to such a situation: it is breath-taking in its possibility, it is awesome in its power it is liberating in its effect. It is quite simply – the anointing”. Wise words from RTK.

  2. Good points – and for you, you make the salient point.
    But of course there is a flip side – there are churches and church leaders who will allow God to be Chairman and CEO, and will lead as a shelf stacker…
    IE they have not thought through what they are doing, they don’t try to be strategic and don’t really have any aims or objectives but their plan is merely to lead services, survive PCC and do a job.
    The right answer has to be in the middle.

    (Oh and of course if we let Jesus be king – we need to avoid being like a Commonwealth Prime Minister)

  3. It’s a been a good thing to ponder how much I ‘check in’ with God and ask for his guidance. I definitely think it’s a danger that we just treat God as a chairman of the board & only check in at major decisions. Kevin you make an excellent point – that not just individually but corporately we need to be seeking God. We are dependent on him as people and churches, and we need his anointing and blessing. Tim – you also make a good point, that some people aren’t even acting like CEO when they lead churches, they’re not making any kind of strategic or leadership decisions! Strategy and prayer are not enemies, and it’s good to ‘pray as though it all depended on God and work as though it all depended on you’. (can’t remember who said that – I’m sure they were very wise!)

    I was surprised though [Jon] when you said that the alternative to treating God as chairman of board was to treat him as King. He is King, in that he has complete authority over our lives and we need to make sure that everything (not just the occasional chairman of the board decisions) is in line with his will.

    But both your analogies show a certain distance from God. Jesus said, ‘when you pray say Abba’. For me, the encouragement I need to come to God more is not so much the reminder that he is King and therefore I ‘should’ but that he is Abba and therefore I would want to. It’s not just that he has authority over every part of my life but that he is interested in every part of my life.

    How does this relate to your management structure issues?

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