Many pastors operate like CEOs, and run their churches based off of the business model. I have heard cases for and against that mindset, and for now, that is neither here nor there.
However, when a pastor functions like a CEO, I tend to get nervous. Usually, these men (or women) have strong personalities and are business-savvy. Again, all well and good. The trap I see for these leaders, however, is an unnecessary pressure to produce the results that would be required of a CEO. Companies have a bottom line, and it is radically different than the Church’s bottom line. In corporations, revenue is king and stockholders need to be kept happy.
You may already see where this is going…
If profits dip and growth slows down under a CEO, that leader gets replaced.
In a church, however, if a pastor’s attention is largely budgetary and their efforts are spent coddling the big givers, the church will die. The numbers may not fall off right away, but the church will rot from the inside out.
What happens when pastors become the center of the church’s attention is volatile, because the church was never meant to be centered around one person. When Jesus uses the word “church” when he’s talking to Peter in Matthew 16:18 is the Greek word “ekklesia.” This is a borrowed word from the Roman Empire that speaks of a group of followers – all ruling with and under the Caesar’s authority.
I truly believe the next major movement in the local church will be grounded in collaboration, many hands involved, working with and under the authority of Jesus.