Co-labourers–not hierarchical leadership.

James D. Hernando has written a brilliant piece on Spiritual Leadership, drawn from the salutations (the way Paul sends his greetings in his Epistles. )

Paul was quick to commend and free with his praise. Look how often this is the case. Phoebe has been a helper or “servant”2 not only to Paul, but also to many in the church (Romans 16:2).3 Priscilla and Aquila “risked their own necks” for Paul (Romans 16:3,4). Tryphaena and Tryphosa are called “workers in the Lord” (Romans 16:12). Mary was singled out as a hard worker (Romans 16:6), as was Persis (Romans 16:12). Paul, it seems, goes out of his way to affirm his subordinates and acknowledge their praiseworthy contributions.4

Paul fully knew and practiced the importance of relational encouragement.

About Craig Benno

I'm an average aussie guy who has lived perhaps a not so average life.
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