The Cult of Personality Leadership Model is Broken

By now, you would think that Christians would start to wake up to the fact that the cult of personality model of Church is broken. Mega church, micro denomination, best-selling books, people emulating your hairstyle and inflections, everything being about how gifted the visionary leader is – this is a recipe for disaster. Don’t believe it? See:

1. Mark Driscoll and Acts 29.

2. C.J. Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries.

3. Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel.

4. Chuck Murphy and the AMiA.

If there is a common denominator with these leaders and their problems, it is a lack of accountability. God help anyone who is in their shoes, powerful, charismatic and not beholden to anyone but themselves. It is a recipe for disaster. The Church must wake up and reject this model of the great leader.

3 thoughts on “The Cult of Personality Leadership Model is Broken”

  1. Early on in my AMiA experience, I was told I didn’t fit the “profile” of a senior pastor (after having served 10 years in that capacity in my former denomination) because I was not a “larger than life personality.” I didn’t know what that meant at the time, but I think I do now. I’m afraid it’s the kind of thinking, coming from the top down, that deprived a lot of deserving candidates. As our new structure emerges, we need to run as far away as possible from the “cult of personality” model.

    1. That’s incredible! I can hardly believe that would be given as a credible reason against you. What an indictment on the movement.

      1. Oh, I could tell you plenty of stories, but that’s all in the past. The good that has ultimately come out of the current unpleasantness is that it has pruned the vine so as to allow for more healthy growth.

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