Rick Novek observed: “Our churches today have become extensions of corporate America, run by the Pastors and his top executives, also called elders and deacons! They have become the served rather than what Jesus describes as the servant of ALL! What about the people of God?”
The following post “God’s True Hierarchy” by Rich Novek addresses the above dilemma that is present in many church organisations today. May we heed his voice of compassion for the people – the same voice that Jesus has for each one of us – He wants us to see one another as equal because we are all one with Him and we are created to express His love to one another.
Take a Pyramid and turn it upside down, the Pastor being the Servant of all, the least of the least! Remember Jesus’ words: If you want to be great in HIS KINGDOM you have to be THE LEAST……. I am among you as ONE WHO SERVES!
The heart of the Pastor should be at the tip of the upside down pyramid, which is at the very bottom!
The deacons and elders should be occupying the the next least place, there to assist the Pastor for the EQUIPPING OF THE SAINTS FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY! What does this equipping consist of? Is it formal education, elite roles and positions, programs on “how to”, and sermons on financial planning and behavior modification? NO! It’s taking on the role of being the ABSOLUTE NEGATIVE!
Paul is a symbol of what a Pastor should be! Struck down, but not destroyed, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, AND IN ALL WAYS bearing in our bodies the DEATH OF THE LORD JESUS<> SO THAT HIS LIFE might be made manifest, to who? THE SAINTS, so they also know the bearing in their bodies, so they can see LIFE come from Death! It’s being the CHIEF LAMB to the slaughter, the ONE WHO LAYS HIS LIFE DOWN FOR THE SHEEP!
It’s not some elite position such as a CEO of a major corporation! It’s not preaching regurgitated pablum week after week, while 99% of the sheep are neglected, starving, and eventually thrown to the wolves, outside of the protection of the sheep fold! It’s a life of brokenness, isolation, and misunderstanding! Becoming the ABSOLUTE NEGATIVE……. SO THAT He might be the ONLY One who is manifested, it’s exchanging and willingly doing so, a LIFE OF KNOWN DEATH, so that temporal death is manifested ONCE FOR ALL AS ETERNAL LIFE!
What is the WORK OF THE MINISTRY? It’s knowing HE IS THE ONLY WORKER who can perform the work….. and apart from Him we can DO NOTHING!
Finally, the congregation is at the top of this upside down pyramid! They are cared for, loved without condition, and without favoritism! Denominations and division are things of the past to them, and everyone is together in one place having all things in common, and there is NO LACK! That upside down pyramid starts out as a point, and it has no end to it, because God Himself grows it to infinity, to “the ends of the earth!” And everyone is aware of the fact, that neither the one who plants or the one who waters is ANYTHING, ONLY GOD!!!!!!!
“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:14-16)
Our churches today have become extensions of corporate America, run by the Pastors and his top executives, also called elders and deacons! They have become the served rather than what Jesus describes as the servant of ALL! What about the people of God? The congregation has become the bruised and beaten minimum wage employees scratching and begging for something more to sustain Life for themselves and their families!
Except a grain of wheat FALLS (It’s ALWAYS good to fall) to the ground and dies, it lives only to and for itself! It has no other choice!
“Gracebook” (an affectionate term for Facebook by the grace community) is a company of like-hearted men and women who have decided minimum wage is not enough, and have by faith chosen the road less traveled in order to find the PEARL OF GREAT PRICE! I for one, am proud to be among the lowly, and the base, and the broken! The things that are not, SO THAT like Paul, our message has a TRUE impact on society today!
“When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to KNOW NOTHING (so much for the god of education) while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a DEMONSTRATION OF THE SPIRIT’S POWER, SO THAT YOUR FAITH MIGHT NOT REST ON MEN’S WISDOM, BUT ON GOD’S POWER.” (I Corinthians 2:1-5)
“Gracebook” Church is that demonstration manifested RIGHT HERE, and RIGHT NOW for every “whosoever” who wants to SEE AS HE SEES!
– by Rich Novek