This essay argues Christ is still head, the One with full authority over His church. If Christ still has all authority then those in current leadership roles have a regency authority with full accountability to Christ the King. Regency-leaders carry out the duties of the regent role fully in behalf of the King. The logical conclusion of the King-regent relation requires regents to never use the regency role for self-interest. It requires regency-leaders to become empty of self in service to their King. This means regency-leaders will not use the regency-leadership role to gain power, recognition, respect or approval from others. This means regency-leaders will continuously keep the interests of Christ, the Gospel, and the family of God ahead of their own interest – emotional or financial.
This essay also argues regency-leadership must be the foundation of Christian leadership development. It is foundational because of people’s natural tendency to seek their own interests. Christian regency-leaders are no exception. Throughout life they will continually battle between the desires of the flesh (self-interest) and the desire to remain true to a commitment to serve Christ unselfishly. Regency-leadership, both developing and serving, flows out of a heart emptied of self. From the life emptied for Christ will surface certain
With these characteristics, regency-leaders will continually grow more skilled and comfortable with the unexpected. They will be students of the future, able to discover existing or likely trends that will drive possible future worlds influencing the church. Regency-leaders will have the love and skill to help others through the turmoil of uncertainty. They will have the confidence in Christ and the competence to engage futures never before experienced. They will have the resourcefulness to build creativity in others to analyze whatever problems arise and to plan strategies to solve those problems.
Most importantly, regency-leaders will identify with the earlier sailing metaphor. Gone are the days when a church can set their strategic sails and rudders once at the beginning of any undertaking. Regency-leaders must assure that “near success” becomes a watchword of the congregation; a place where trial and error become an acceptable and praiseworthy norm.
You as the reader can recognize the chaos and turmoil our churches currently face. You can also see the secular outcome from the use of applied secular leadership theory. This essay challenges you to return to the first-century divine organizational design of regency-leadership. Fully empty yourself for Christ, embracing His permanent and full authority over His creation. Accept your role as Christ’s regent committing to stand in the gap for Him in leading the church into our increasingly chaotic world. The future of the church rests in your effectiveness in developing future generations of regency-leaders capable and committed to selflessly guide Christ’s church into the emerging world.
Giving your heart to others by listening to their heart
When you grow a leader who values people you help the whole world