Linda Wood Rondeau

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MUTUAL SUBMISSIVENESS
11/29/2017 9:25:00 PM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

 

Likewise, leaders may need to submit to a follower’s insight. Satan is powerless against kindness, gentleness, and humility (Galatians 5:22 – 23).  

 

SNARK

Within every organization, training seminars and textbooks galore focus on how to lead with compassion, understanding, and authority. What about those who do not serve in a leadership capacity? Are these followers simple sheep, witlessly following wherever the leader decides to direct?

Or are following and leading two sides of the same coin, each distinct yet working together to provide a unified message.  

The believer as a follower has influence

Those who may lead in one arena may be followers in other areas of church function.

Those who are leaders today may very well be followers tomorrow.

RESPONSIBILITY

The trick is not the art of being a leader or knowing how best to follow. Rather successful church function is dependent upon harmony between the leader and the follower. Therein is the RUB! 

In marriage, mutual submissiveness is found in the concept of 100 and 100. Rather than partners taking turns in achieving their individual desires, husbands and wives come together for the good of the marriage. When decisions are based on what is mutually beneficial, the marriage wins. When the marriage wins, the whole family benefits. 

I believe the same principle holds true for the church

Harmony is best served when followers and leaders work together within established roles and protocol—when both leaders and followers put the needs of the church before all other considerations.

Mindless authority is as harmful to church survival as irresponsible congregant behaviors.

 

Mutual submissiveness helps to hold all members of a church accountable. In this context, accountability is not finger-pointing at a seemingly errant leader or church member who seems irresponsible. Rather, accountability is where roles are clearly defined and procedures are in place as a means of support for both leadership and congregants.

Mutual submissiveness is a state of mind that is neither confrontational nor passive and is found in Christ’s example

His submission was evidenced in willingness to die for those he came to serve. He put his followers’ needs ahead of His own and yet knew when these he loved needed stern guidance. Not because they failed him but because their course of action decreed his compassion and intervention.

Mutual submission is neither confrontational nor passive

          Mutual submission means that both leaders and followers are clothed with Christ-like character, committed to the cause of salvation and stand in the gap for one another. When a church demonstrates this Christ-like love, amazing things happen—the body of believers becomes God’s intended light, a beacon to a hurting world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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