One of the most effective management techniques is the delegating of authority (and responsibility). Jesus understood this clearly in the parable of the talents.
Taking this in a contemporary sense within the confines of the worker-elder-friend relationship the degree of delegation varies considerably, as it should, with the personalities involved. An astute elder will as quickly accommodate a worker who wants to personally validate every decision as he will one who is of a more laid-back management style.
What must be acknowledged is that each entity has to work on its own, whether it is a meeting with an elder suddenly absent or a field with workers off on convention rounds. A lack of ability to carry on the fellowship without human oversight should be viewed with great concern.
The gentile model of authority: "In Mark 10:42 "...Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them."
The kingdom model of authority: Matthew 18:4 "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
In Mark 10:43-44 Jesus defines the authority of the kingdom which He says will not be modelled after the gentile type; that of the greatest exercising "Lordship."
He goes on to describe the Kingdom model as that of being a "minister" or a "servant."
It seems that it takes faith to believe that this can actually work, just as it takes faith to accept any of the concepts that Jesus set forward. I have experienced the authority of the Kingdom by gestures of service and kindness which have humbled my heart, and caused me to worship God.
Any kindness or service that has the Kingdom's authority in it will bring about a response and a responsibility, as Christ's spirit always does.
The great thing is we can all have this authority because it is always safe and when I have used it, it has the right affect and makes the other party responsible to God and not me.
The gentile model attempts to make another responsible to the lordship concept or the individual exercising it.
The Kingdom model makes both parties responsible to the Spirit of God.
When the service of another humbles me I automatically have acknowledged its authority by bowing to it.
There is a script that refers to "preferring one another in love." Which essentially means humbling yourself and stepping back to allow the other person to serve/minister. I believe that to prefer someone else when you could be doing it is having the spirit of Christ. There is no room for self promotion in the Kingdom of God. Spiritual authority comes with the anointing you carry and its the charactor that carrys the anointing. If you have someone with a strong anointing but their charactor is off then there could be problems not easily solved.
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