Today during my devotion time I was reading in 2. Corinthians and one of the verses that I felt the Spirit was highlighting to me was 2. Corinthians 11:3
But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The later years there has been a great awakening for the need of educated leadership within the church; and this is good. Especially within the pentecostal/charismatic circles there has been a lot of problems caused by a lack of leadership skills.
I believe that good leadership within the church should not help bring the people into a simple and pure devotion to Christ; but all to often the focus on educated leaders has created an “professionalism” that makes church life far from simple. This I believe is sad, because I don't believe that there should be a big gap between church life and a persons devotion to Christ; after all the church is the body of Christ here on earth.
In building the church I believe the goal of a leader is to provide an simple and easily multipliable fellowship that makes it easy for people to maintain a simple and pure devotion to Christ.
I believe in well educated leaders, but I don’t believe in a professionalism that creates a barrier between the church leaders and the lay people; and I do believe there is a difference here. Lets keep our devotion to Christ, pure, sincere and simple.