As Christian ministers, we are called to serve others even as we’re completely reliant on God. Too often, though, a minister who was once a servant wrongly transitions into being the king of his own kingdom. Many church leaders become something else as a result of power, position, popularity and money in ministry. I have seen many leaders that started well, but ended badly as a result of “kingly” mentality.

Here are some signs that a leader has become the “king”:

  1. Even if he invites discussion from church leaders, he does not change his mind. The “discussion” is in name only, as his decisions are already made. He is the alpha and omega of his ministry.
  1. He sees everyone else as expendable. If he’s worried about church members leaving, you’d never know it. In fact, he can usually hyper-spiritualize the reasons that others leave. He blames others, not himself.
  1. He is seldom, if ever, wrong. Kings somehow convince themselves that nobody can do things as well as they can. Everybody else still has something to learn, not himself. He is beyond learning and does not learn from anybody.
  1. Staff members tend to stay for only a short time. Kings are good at recruiting strong staff members, but not so good at keeping the best of them.  He loves dwarfs than Giants. Kings want dependents more than co-laborers.
  1. He seldom allows others to preach. The pulpit becomes his platform, and he rarely gives up that position, even for a single Sunday. He’s most unwilling to share that space with gifted speakers he might perceive as more gifted than he.
  1. He treats others as “subjects.” That is, people become a means to an end: tools to help him build his kingdom more than brothers and sisters in Christ.
  1. He demands unquestioned loyalty. Even the slightest sign of disagreement is considered rebellion. Though he is not faithful and loyal to others,yet he demands total,blind faithfulness from others.
  1. He expands his kingdom broadly, but not deeply. After all, deeply-developed kingdoms require serious discipleship – and genuine disciples would recognize the problem with a king’s leadership style. He  therefore keeps his members biblically illiterate so that they keep on worshipping him.
  1. Often, those who know him best question his spirituality. That’s not a surprise, though. Kings depend on themselves, not God. He is a public success but a private failure. He looks spiritual outside,but within is carnal,empty and flyweight.
  1. He does not consider leadership succession. He might talk about retirement at some point, but it’s often just talk. Kings don’t give up their position easily. He is their till death, even though the ministry is gradually going down under his leadership style.

Lest we talk about the “king” leader too much, we should know that all of us are susceptible to moving in this unhealthy direction. Pride is always a temptation for Christian leaders. We must all beware and avoid this “kingly” mentality in our individual ministries and lives.

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