Mar 10:42 But Jesus called them [to him], and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. Mar 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: Mar 10:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
"As a result of us leaving our home church here, we have completely left the Calvary Chapel movement altogether. Unless things change in Calvary Chapel's imbalanced leadership structures and their current growing trend of becoming neo-Evangelical, many more people will leave Calvary's in the present and future. To sit idly by and not warn of these dangers is sinful and wicked. It must be stated that not all Calvary Chapels follow the "Moses-Aaron" leadership style however according to the book "Calvary Distinctives" (chapter two) - it is the Calvary Chapel model for leadership.
It has been very difficult to leave behind nearly 25 years of affiliation with Calvary Chapel. Fourteen of those years as a Calvary Pastor/missionary."
I think the Moses model in different forms has taken over the churches in general, all we have to do is look at the celebrity shows and the control many are taking, some have some "deacons" but in churches I have visited the pastor basically runs their show. I believe Jesus's church was not supposed to be run with one guy in charge up in a pulpit, with the rest of the church as an "audience", that definitely was a skewing of the original plan.
Role of the Pastor
This form of local church government of Calvary Chapel is based on an authoritarian model called the Moses Principle. In a way this is ironic considering the formation of Calvary Chapel during the countercultural revolution in America of the 1960s and 1970s. This is a top-down model of church government similar to an episcopacy. This system results in unaccountability to the congregation.
Funny how this was supposed to be the "countercultural" church, where freedom would supposedly reign, think about how laid back the hippies were, but they go with a model for church leadership that has no difference from the liturgical churches.
The Moses Principle is based on OT leadership at the time of Moses not on what Jesus Christ taught, the link above goes more into it.
Mat 23:1 ¶ Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
Mat 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
Mat 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, [that] observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
Mat 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay [them] on men's shoulders; but they [themselves] will not move them with one of their fingers.
Mat 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
Mat 23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
Mat 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
Mat 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, [even] Christ; and all ye are brethren.
and Galatians 4 [the verse this blog is named after]:
1Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.