We can pretty much remove every single role of “leadership” in the Church now.
Do we need church leaders anymore?
We don’t need a preacher.
Seriously, we no longer need pastors to preach, we can listen to Driscoll, Piper, Bell or even the guy down the road who uploads vlogs with his latest sermon.
We don’t need a worship band.
We no longer need the worship band, we can play the CD with all the songs on (and probably performed better than your local churches music group. In fact, the YouTube video probably has the right words at the right point).
We don’t need someone to read prayers.
We no longer need people to think up intercessory prayers for the service, we can simply find a prayer blog online and download their latest guidelines.
This isn’t just for adults.
The same can be applied to the youth work as well, their are kids songs, handouts, Bible studies, we barely need to think about what we are going to do.
This Isn’t New
To some degree this has been the case for a while, ever since the Book of Common Prayer in England (and the tradition of liturgy) there has been a degree of prescription in Church services and guidance taking away the necessity of “leadership” but now instead of a pastor “needing” to be a good preacher…he/she doesn’t.
Instead of needing an amazing music group we just need the amazing music system.
Do We Even Need a Church Building?
In fact, we don’t even need a building any more. We can just go on to Google plus (or another video streaming service…but especially Google plus). Welcome people and then start the videos rolling. In fact, if you really wanted you could have a high quality “church service” (with great music, sermon, prayers etc) without even interacting with anyone else.
Crazy right! Who would want that option of a church “just for them” where they never interact with another person. Well, I’ve gone along to church services and not spoken to a single person so I guess it happens in buildings any way.
Are All Skills Redundant?
Let’s take my most extreme examples above. Although, they have removed many of the classical skills that people needed to be a leader in a church, there are some skills that are still so very important skills that are vital especially if we are going to “flip” churches.
Just like a traditional service a pastor needs to “currate” what is put in. They need to select a sermon (to make sure it isn’t false teaching) they need to choose the right prayer, the right worship songs etc…or they need to delegate these tasks to someone else to do them (which again is curration of the people who provide the content)
Looking after a community is a tough job especially when we are all so mucked up. People get ill, people die, people hurt each other, people are lonely.
Loving people is a tough call for a pastor.
Serving people is a tough and it is one of the tasks that you can’t outsource. You need people to make sure the kids don’t run around when they shouldn’t or run around when they should!
Praying for peoples individual needs also comes into play here.
The Flip Side
Although a “leader” now can choose to do less…the congregation can choose to do more. The small time worship leader can post his songs to YouTube and have thousands of people watch and enjoy their songs.
The prayer warrior in the back pew can publish their prayers and arrange mid week prayer meetings with people across the world.
The person with the side interest in theology can start write or recording their sermons online, or even publish an ebook that is read by more people than the pastor of the church.
In many ways more and more people are publishing and leading online, yet church services still look remarkably similar to before the Internet revolution.
Theory is nice, but maybe we should put this into practice. If people are interested, then let’s host a “church service” on Google plus.
Leave a comment below if you are up for the challenge.