We often will use phrases like “my church”, “your church”, “his church”, or “our church” like we are talking about a country club we are invested in. But whose church is it really? Who is the leader of the church, or churches? Aren’t church “leaders” actually ministers, custodians, stewards, gentle shepherd’s of Christ’s flock?
Paul the apostle preached the gospel and encouraged the flock:
“And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.” –Philippians 1:25-26
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18
In a Christian family that follows Christ, the husband is head of the wife, and this also models the Biblical teaching that Christ is head of the church. There is to be only one “head” of the Christian church, or churches.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
“To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”