Friday July 1, 2011
“Is there a test that will tell me if I’m more of a prophet, a priest, or a king?”
I’ve gotten this question a lot lately, and to my knowledge, no such assessment exists.[emphasis added] Most leaders, however, will recognize themselves quite readily in one of the three general profiles:
Until somebody builds a useful evaluation, I hope this chart can serve you well [emphasis added]—not as a way to force anyone into a pre-defined box, but as a way to help you build well-rounded teams and identify the areas where God has created you to thrive and take joy in your work.
To find out more about prophet, priest, king, watch this leadership video from Pastor Mark Driscoll. Leadership coaching is free and open to everyone.
Which One Are You?
Church leadership focused on the message
leads through communication
Prone to Sin:
Church leadership focused on the people
leads through relationships
care and shepherding
smaller audiences (one-on-one)
Prone to Sin:
tolerance of sin
lack of truth
self-righteous w/compassion or love
Church leadership focused on the tasks
leads through strategy
often behind the scenes
prone to sin:
To Munson's knowledge in 2011 nobody had written an assessment of whether someone was a prophet, priest or king. Okay, but if this were the case it would not be because no books on assessing spiritual gifts have been written and published in the last forty years.
I honestly wouldn't expect Munson to know about that stuff because he didn't grow up in a Christian home and wasn't exposed to popular fads in Christianity in America and he's probably not even lightly read on any discussions of spiritual gifts. Those of us who grew up in a more Pentecostal/charismatic background were almost swamped with assessments and discussions. Mars Hill is probably more Calvinist Baptist than anything and the tradition does not have a lengthy history of even granting a continuationist approach to pneumatology. This could explain why there simply aren't any reference guides on whether one is a prophet, priest or king. For that matter since many Christians have believed that Christ Himself fulfilled these offices perfectly (I hear rumors that someone named John Calvin articulated this view) that it's tough to claim that one can be any of these things in a meaningful way.
But it may be that some fashion of teaching about this stuff has existed in some fashion.
How about this?
Leader as Prophet
This course is the first in a series of three that focus on the tri-perspectival nature, aspects and attributes of God, namely, the three offices of Christ as Prophet, Priest and King. According to John Frame, Christ's kingship represents his control, his prophetic office represents his authority as the word of God, and his priesthood represents his work on behalf of his people in history, or what Frame calls his presence. This course will focus on the pastor as prophet.
Leader as Priest
This course is the second in a series of threee ....
Leader as King
Didn't Munson have some involvement with this? Why, yes he did.
In 2009-2010 there was a program for a Master of Missional Leadership. Three of the required courses in the master's program involved the above three courses.
Leader as Prophet was taught by John Piper
Leader as Priest was taught by Same Storms
Leader as King was taught by Rick Melson.
What was involved in these courses? Does the Resurgence Training Center still offer a Master in Missional Leadership? If Munson didn't think that an assessment existed it may be because no such assessment exists. Why such an assessment would be needed in this context would be most explicable in terms of resumes for Mars Hill and Acts 29 church planters.
Now I haven't forsaken all my Pentecostal roots. I do think that it is possible for Christians to serve in a variety of capacities and roles in the body of Christ. Before attempting to discuss the three roles in any detail let's see if we can turn to some account of what how re:Train has fielded this stuff. Mars Hill and its associates in the new Calvinist tribe seem to have done quite a bit to promote this taxonomy and it may be useful to provide an overview. Fortunately as testimonials and alumni goes there's one person who has provided a decent thumbnail sketch of this stuff.