To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

There is a methodology in management known as “walking the floor” here is an article about it. The basic thrust of the approach is that the manager must make sure that he gets out among the workers. It is discerned that if this does not happen then the workers become demoralised, managers become detached from day-to-day reality and thus make ill-advised decisions and the organisation suffers.

This practically applies in church life as well. If the leaders detach from the congregation and do not “walk the floor” then the church is likely to become disaffected, whilst the leaders will end up making ill-advised decisions. It is also so important that the shepherds of the church are among the sheep so that they know the sheep and therefore know what is going on in the church. A church leader who is ALWAYS in his study may grow in biblical knowledge, but may be very lacking in wisdom. This is because wisdom is knowledge worked into the warp-and-weft of life.

All this means visiting people in their homes, getting alongside people and simply asking people about what is going on in their lives and ministry. Brother elders, we need to be “walking the floor”. This brings me to Paul’s exhortation to the Thessalonian believers Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you ( 1 Thess. 5:12). Elders always need to remember the need to be among the people. Absenting ourselves from the people will be disastrous for our ministry and the church.

(This post follows-on from my post of June 20th about Mrs May and Leadership – see here)

Comments on: "Leadership and Detachment." (2)

  1. Paul sets the bar far higher: “… we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” 1 Thess 2:7-8

    But surely this doesn’t scale as a church grows? No, nor can it until the saints have been equipped for works of ministry (Eph 4).

    Elders must make the ministry word a priority, or the church will never grow up. Weren’t deacons instituted for this reason?

    Pastors need to love their sheep deeply, and to share their lives with them, but if they are to be able to bring “a word from elsewhere”, they also need to spend some time “elsewhere”…

    Hard work indeed.

    • Thanks Philip
      Certainly been blessed, encouraged and edifyed by elders who have walked the floor and has been evident by there example and way of life they are men who love, live and learn the word and love the gospel too.

      Heard of a couple of elders in South Africa in a church of a thousand plus who when an old member came to visit they met him at the airport – love finds a way

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