I enjoy sports, and I attend a lot of local basketball games. Someone once asked me why I never got into coaching. It’s because I wouldn’t be very good at it. While I understand most of what has happened on the floor, I don’t keep up with the flow of the game quickly enough to be a coach. The coach has to process a lot of information and adjust his strategy accordingly. A few people are good at coaching, however, most people aren’t.
In the church, most people aren’t cut out for leadership. When you consider how God has worked with his people throughout history, you see this principle in Scripture—leadership is in the hands of a few.
From Moses and Joshua to the judges, kings and prophets, not many were called to lead in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, you don’t find a democracy. You see the apostles leading in the beginning stages of the church, and later you find that the elders of a local congregation were to make the most important decisions.
Those who are gifted to lead in the church should do so diligently (Romans 12:6-8). Everyone else should realize that they weren’t meant to be a leader.
“Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”—Hebrews 13:17.