Servant Leadership in Our Parish

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. — Ephesians 4:11-13

Our model is one of servant-leadership. We lead by the example of having put on the mind of Christ, or at least engaging in the struggle to do that. This qualification applies to any position of leadership in the parish. Only then is one prepared to serve in the Body of Christ.

The phronema (mindset) at St. John the Theologian is one of humility, self-denial, repentance, prayer, and obedience. The dynamic spiritual life unfolding in our parish isn’t an accident. It’s the spiritual fruit of putting on these virtues.

Lay leadership assumes that one is liturgically and sacramentally active, and that one has integrated oneself into the community life of the parish. Otherwise, a person isn't ready. In addition, the principles in regard to Clothing and Attire on the Church Etiquette page apply to everyone serving in any leadership capacity.

And finally, the priest is the Sheppard of the Flock. He is given the authority and responsibility to define the parameters and boundaries of the sheepfold. Nothing happens in the parish without his blessing.