Bishop: (n) a senior member of the Christian clergy
After all, being a parent is not strutting your stuff in front of fellow-parents, but instead, doing as little as possible to gain as much as possible, while allowing your children the freedom to experiment without killing themselves.
As awkward as the previous sentence may seem, the process has an even greater clumsiness.
In many ways, the same thing is true in discovering the purpose of leadership in a church–taking the title of Bishop and finding the correct balance for “bishoping.”
After all, guiding is setting a course for your own life and allowing the sweet aura of joy and peace that surrounds your efforts to draw others in the direction of your belief and pursuit.
Leading is when you motion to them to follow your aspirations and adhere to your principles.
Controlling is when you remove part of their freewill because you fear that their choices will lead them astray.
If the wrong decision is made, you can translate what was meant to be holy into something that is wholly unacceptable.
We guide by doing more than by talking.
We lead by talking without demanding.
And we control by demanding and enforcing.
Sooner or later, the bishops of the church will have to trust the congregation to pursue the path of goodness by choice instead of intimidation.
It will be a frightening process, speckled with error from misguided trial, but still will end up producing the true fruit of the spirit instead of forced compliance to the rigid law.