At every level of leadership (from parenting to running a business), one of the most pressing questions we always need to be able to answer is: "Why?" Sure, we may be able to require action for a time by simply asserting authority, but the kind of leadership that creates culture & movement instead of begrudging compliance requires that we lead through influence. And influence is only ever built on the foundation of respect, which we must earn: not by demanding obedience to WHAT we want done, but by inviting others into WHY we're doing it so they can get excited and champion the cause with us!
If you're involved in church leadership at any level, then you've been asked "why" in a hundred different ways:
No doubt, you could add to this list. But no matter how the long it gets, when we boil it down we're really just talking about variations on one simple question: "Why the church?" And this is the question we must answer if we want to earn the respect of a new generation and lead not just with authority from God, but also with influence like Jesus.
Thankfully, the Holy Spirit hasn't left us to figure this out for ourselves! In fact, the book of Acts is, among many things, an answer to this very question. As you consider God's answer to the question: "Why the church?" my hope is that you will grow in confidence in His purposes and humility that you get to be a part of them!
WHY THE CHURCH?