Owner – leaders overestimate their worth, thinking that the people’s spirituality and the Church’s future depends upon them for survival. When this happens, such leaders work to protect their assets and their rules. They believe they are ones solely responsible for vision and to plan strategically. They grasp anxiously at a future that they believe they must make happen. It becomes THEIR vision, THEIR strategic plan. The leader, or leaders own it and they enter a anxious pursuit of it’s achievement.
The problem is that once you believe that you are the owner and therefore the guardian of your position and reputation you will be ensnared in an endless pursuit of trying to prove yourselves to be right, seeking your vindication and righting every wrong that challenges your position.
And when that happens – a leader is in serious trouble, and the church they lead is in serious trouble.