Last time you were challenged to consider how dominant the pastor-teacher has become in Christian leadership since the Reformation. Of the five gifts God has given to his Church [Ephesians 4:11] three are essentially absent.

As a result, we have the church and the society we have today. So, let’s consider what we’re missing.

The apostolic grace ignites action.

It generates groundbreaking innovation. It leads change. It is consumed with whatever could expand the reach and impact of the Kingdom of God. The apostolic is risk-taking, not safety-centered.

Its orientation is forward. Forward looking. Forward leaning. Forward moving. Teaching, on the other hand, is valuable in so much as it produces Christ-honoring Kingdom advance in individuals, in congregations, and in society.

–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at


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