Christian Leadership: Following Man or Following Christ

“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”
1 Cor 11:1 KJV

Introduction

What do the Scriptures say about the relationship between Christian “leaders” and Christian “followers” in the body of Christ? There are many groups of Christians that suggest that “followers” must follow “leaders” without question. The leaders that advocate this position often use Bible verses like the one above (usually in the King James Version). “Follow me,” they say, “because I follow Christ. If you want to follow Him, you will follow me too. It’s not enough to say, ‘I follow Jesus’. Are you following your leader, too?”

In this article, we will study this scripture carefully to determine:

  1. What does this say?
  2. What does it mean?
  3. What am I supposed to do about it?

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A Study of Christian Authority

Christian Leadership vs. Worldly Leadership

There is a great deal of unhealthy teaching and practice in the Body of Christ today regarding spiritual authority and submission. This relates directly to a misunderstanding of what it means to be a Christian Leader. In this article, the author will show that there must be a difference between the leadership methods used by the world and those of the Church.

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