How is your church operated? By that I mean, how is it set up? What are the internal mechanics for making decisions, selecting leaders, and distributing work? The issue is: How is it organized? Ah, therein lies the issue behind the issue. Nowhere in Scripture is a church identified as an organization. The church is described by many metaphors that describe what it really is. Every one of them is a living organism.

Every living organism is organized, but not an organization. Organisms operate by symbiotic relationships. Like an orchestra, an organism works by defined relationships. No one votes on who should play which instrument. There aren’t elections to see who will win the right to play violin. However, there is a head, a conductor.

The human body has a head, too. So do mosquitoes, crocodiles, elephants, and fish. The head provides impulses for the body to operate in concert. There are no laws, codes, or bylaws. There are no elections to see who gets to be a foot for a two-year term. Yes, such an approach is absolutely ridiculous and impossible. It is simply not the Creator’s plan.

So, how does the Creator, who breathes inspired wisdom into the Scripture, define the incredible creation and unique organism we call church? The Holy Spirit exclusively uses metaphors that anyone should be able to understand. Every metaphor is alive: the body of Christ, the sheep and the Shepherd, the living temple of living stones—Christ the cornerstone, the flock of God, the royal priesthood, etc.

So, who is the head? Jesus. Who is the Head’s head? The local leader?

In Paul’s letter to Titus, how does the apostle describe his leadership to the young protégé? “I, Paul, God-slaved, Christ’s agent” (Titus 1:1). Agent for what? “Promoting the faith.”

How does Paul instruct Titus about multiplying churches—living organisms—and providing leaders? Votes? Advanced degrees? No! He says in verses 5-9, “Appoint leaders…select them.” They should have certain qualifications: a good reputation, a believing family, responsible in church leadership (experience), and not pushy, short-tempered, a drunk, a bully, or in it for money.

Those appointed should be people-friendly, wise, fair, reverent, and know the Gospel well.

Note: There is nothing about nominations, elections, votes, Robert’s Rules of Order, constitutional laws, or bylaws. So, ask yourself: “How did most churches get where they are?

And how smoothly does this superimposed, man-made, legalistic approach fit a living organism dominated by the impulses of the Head?”

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