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)