Kairos is in the midst of (what is for us) a grand experiment in flat/team leadership, so it is always interesting, encouraging, and challenging to hear how churches are struggling through the issue in their own context. Fitch has five points to consider (which he elaborates in his post, linked above) and each of them is worth taking some time to think through.
1.) THE WORD “LEADER” ITSELF IS GENERALLY AVOIDED IN THE NT .
2.) WHENEVER THE WORD “LEADER” IS USED IN THE NT – IT IS SUBVERTED BY THE CHURCH.
3.) JESUS HIMSELF SUBVERTED THE TERM “LEADERSHIP.
4.) CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP IS DEFINED BY THE POSTURE OF SUBMISSION- TO THE WORLD THIS IS NOT LEADERSHIP.
5.) THE BUSINESS MODELS OF LEADERSHIP WILL HANDICAP US FROM LEADING INTO MISSION.
As many have acknowledged, these conversations have a tendency to be framed in a dualistic, either/or manner, when actualized practice is nearly always some shade of gray. Nonetheless, some great and challenging thoughts.