Thursday, November 18, 2004


Dwight knows well.

The power I speak of are the structures of power which are seen in every area of life. There are two types of rewards in life: Money and Power. While money often brings about power, power does not always bring about money. In the church pastors rarely (and shouldn't) exist to get rich. Most pastors are paid well but unless they are crooks (televangelists) they are not rich. However, power still exists as the reward.

Climb the ladder is the battle cry. Youth to associate. Associate to senior. Senior to bigger church more staff more power. Employee to cadet, cadet to officer, assistant officer to corps officer, corps officer to divisional staff, striving for leadership divisional commander, territorial commander, general.

The power cycle. It sucks. It really does. But can we exist without it? Is there a way to do power better?


Hi, Bill!

Yes, we can "handle the power trip" better!

Learn to follow Jesus Christ's example and learn to be the "servant of all." He is the real source of power!

If all Christians, including officers of different levels, thought of themselves as "servants" instead of "lords" the church would be more "Christ-like" and make better strides in the world.

Too often, those who are placed in postions of power above us, are on "power trips" over those below and enjoy "lording" instead of "serving."

Is their anything wrong with all of us being "co-workers" in God's vineyard where each person is important and needed? "Power trips" won't help, but "servant relationships" will! It seems we need more "basin and towel" (Jesus and Peter) relationships, than "lording" ones!

Bill, I was saddened to hear of your recent loss of a precious one in your family. We are praying for your family. God bless you!

Lloyd Michael Fletcher, Major (R)

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