In business leadership discussions these days there is a new expression emerging on the radar, “the Mike Jagger syndrome”.
Before I describe the definition, I was thinking this is so true that it can also be applied on the church and Kingdom business.
So what is it then? Basically all attention, light, focus on one man and not the band, (team).
First of all there is a danger when a person gaining all attention in a band, team, company or church. He/she tends to be less empathic and more self centered due to increased levels of testosterone and decreased levels of oxytocin.
Secondly it is never a one man show that builds a team, band, company or church, it is always a group of people. Jesus came to define this when he said the Kingdom Culture is like…the first shall be the last…the greatest among you shall be your servant…
”For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.” – Luke 22:27 ESV
Some months back I listened to an interview with a famous young excellent preaching, Rock-star pastor, that have set up a “campus church model”, claiming that if he was not preaching, with video link to the other campus each Sunday, but instead locals preached in each campus, church attendees and offering went down, reason he got the advice from other celebrity pastors to preach each Sunday to all campus to build a strong church.
You could say I am mocking, yes maybe over the Rock star definition, but the rest in this story is true, sad, and it is as far away from Kingdom Culture as east is from the west. Still, as this church concept is hot and growing at the moment it tends to be the model for sucess.
First of all, bible does not say we are to build the church but instead extend the Kingdom. God is building his church.
Secondly, if we mirror this campus church modell in the light of Jesus model we do not see any similarities, instead the opposite.
Thirdly, as when a young generation do not understand Kingdom secrets, they believe the way to serve God is to do that in a context of pulpit led congregations on a big stage. Kingdom way is not pulpit led but people led, to be amongst, to disciple by example and personal relations in the whole life and not just church life.
I have through the years seen so many preachers, pastors develop the Mike Jagger syndrom, believing they are the hope for the nation. They start to develop ugly behavior of arrogance, that they are special and needs special treatment.
”It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:26-28 ESV
”Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'” – Matthew 21:5 ESV
Read Matthew 23 and you will be surprised how tough Jesus is on the scribes and pharisees. That time Church leaders. It can be applied on many of us today also.
I have seen great men fall when they could no longer handle the burden of all responsibility on one man. One tele evangelist that fell during the 80-ies said the ministry became a monster that needed to be fed every day. Another famous pastor converted to the Catholic faith as he could no longer bear the burden of the Church on his shoulders.
This is why we emphasize team building, people led churches instead of pulpit, discipleship instead of church attendees, relations instead of projects.
Better with 12 disciples than one Mike Jagger. Better with 12 disciples than the big crowds.