We believe Willowburn is to be led by what Theologians call a 'plurality of servant leaders' who are expected to work and labour in leading, teaching and pastoring.
But the ultimate leadership of the church belongs to the one who called it into being, who laid his life down for it, who bled for it and now prays for and blesses it from heaven at the right hand of the Father:the one and only leader of this church, and all churches, is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:18 tells us that Jesus is ‘the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy’.
In Ephesians 1:22 we are told that Jesus is raised from the dead, seated in the position of right-hand authority which is above all earthly authority, has and is the fullness of God, and is given as the head over all things to the Church.
This means that unless you are the Son of God, died on a cross, emerged from a three-day grave, sit supreme at the right hand of the Father and now presence yourself with your people through God the Spirit, you cannot be the leader of the church.
So how, under Jesus the ultimate leader, should the church be led? That's a great question. Come along and find out :)