Apostle’s job description
And he (Jesus) appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons.
(Mark 3:14-15 ESV)
What a job description this turned out to be: to hang around Jesus – presumably to learn some stuff; preach; have authority over demons.
This would be a good job description for any church leader.
To spend time with Jesus (prayer and study). To preach. Have authority over those who serve evil.
It’s perhaps interesting what isn’t there. To be an administrator (in my experience this is a major part of any church leaders job. To visit the sick (I can see that this is important but its not just the job of the leader – and in Acts helping others becomes a distraction they appoint other people to take over this task). And so I could go on.
How many church leaders neglect prayer? How many church leaders never give enough of themselves to preaching? How many church leaders ever exert authority over those who serve evil?
It’s a complicated calling but I can’t help but wonder if more gave themselves to the core responsibilities we might have a better church all around.