As a continuation of my earlier post, I'd like to pick apart a couple of thoughts.
Firstly, by some of the reactions I got I feel I need to make clear that I'm not letting anyone off the hook when it comes to leadership. If anything, I'm making it personal. The ministry model used in leadership is NOT an excuse. The people in the ministry are the ones causing the problems. I use words like "style" "model" and "form" because that's all it is. My point is that regardless of the model of leadership used, if all the people in it are walking closely with the Lord, and submitting to his will, and I mean ALL, it will be successful. I do not see that a particular model would make someone less sucessful.
Factoring in things like personalities and life experience and you'll certainly see people gravitate to specific types of leadership models, but as long as the final person calling the shots is Jesus, it won't matter.
Now on to your gripes:
It's been said that the best form of government (secular or otherwise) is a benevolent dictatorship—a ruler with ultimate authority, good intentions, and a keen sense of right and wrong is going to get the most right things done in the most efficient manner. The problem is that never, ever happens because people are selfish idiots.
-Christopher James Tiberius Dugan
I'm sure people have said that, but the problem with putting your hope in system of leadership is that your taking your hope away from God. How many times in the O.T. did we see God subvert the leadership systems that HE setup himself?
When the Priesthood didn't do it's job, he killed them off and had a little kid get it done.
God wanted to use Moses as his single instrument to free the Jews, but he got whiney adn Aaron had to step up and help him. Would we even have the example of Aaronic Priesthood if Moses hadn't been such a faithless wuss?
Read the book of Malachi, and realize that he was aprophet totally outside of the established Priesthood.
Yes, selfish people ruin everything, especially leadership. But name an example of someone who failed and blamed it on the leadership model and I can show you 4 ways where adhering to Biblical principles in that persons own life would have negated the issues behind the failing, and most likely caused the ministry to flourish.
Not to pick on the Dugans, because I'm clearly just an amateur in that sport, but I also want to touch on this quickly:
Firstly, everyone is the body. That's indisputable. But why would God create a specific gift of Leadership, if he didn't intend it to be used for the benefit of his body. Not that I'm infering that you beleive contrawise, just that if it's important enough that we would get Holy Spirit help for it, it must also be an important job.
Jesus Christ is the head of the church. (Eph. 5:23)
Everyone else is body--this includes leaders, teachers, givers, servers, encouragers (Romans 12 and many other passages)
Which brings me to the second point that I must clarify. Leadership is a spiritual gift, and as far as gifting goes, that makes it clear that it's an area where God feels we need all the help we can get. Spirit led leadership, which is a headache if you drill down the words in that senteance, will provide for the best leadership whichever form it takes. But it is leadership by an individual. Leadership is not some gestalt that the H.S. set's up. It's pretty clear from the examples of the N.T. that there is a time and place for a single leader, whether for a specific ministry of missions, or picking the Elders for the church in Crete. Not all situations will require someone with the Gift of leadership, but many will.
That's it for now, feel free to lay into me.