1 Peter 5:1-4
Today, Western liturgical churches celebrate an event that receives a relatively brief mention in the Bible, but has shaped how some groups view ministry and apostolic succession in a major way. Regardless of where you stand on these issues, Paul’s letter to Peter emphasizes exactly what every Christian leader needs to keep in mind:
- Leaders are among those who share the glory that will be revealed – it’s not the exclusive ‘property”, if you will, of leadership or even a select part of Christ’s Body.
- Leaders are charged to serve willingly, and the Church suffers when someone’s heart isn’t in it or there are other motives. For example, ideal leaders should have a genuine calling and not be placed in ministries simply to “inherit” one from a parent.
- It’s not about, or shouldn’t be about, doing it all for personal gain or becoming famous. When a priest or other clergy member loses sight of this, he or she is no longer acting as an authentic representative of Christ.
As we remember St. Peter’s confession, let’s pray for our own parish and congregational leadership.