Why Leaders Must Not Be Trusted

Speaker: Categories: Aug 14, 1993


[1hr, 18min, 55sec / 30min, 54sec]


How should a modern-day church be organized and administered? Though one might frequently hear references made to "following the New Testament model," was a model for church structure and administration provided (or intended) in the New Testament writings?

There also seems to be a growing sentiment that the laity should be given more opportunity. for decision making, more opportunity for responsibility, more access to "the top" in all matters of church life. Some of these feelings are undoubtedly reactions to what has been perceived as bungling on the part of church administrators in major matters of finance, investment, and church governance.

And there seems to be an increased sense that church leaders must be held accountable, must be answerable to some person or persons other than just waiting for the next constituency meeting election go around to reaffirm their effectiveness in office. Associated with this concern is the larger question about how effective is the polity of elected or appointed committees, which are oft-times merely advisory in nature. At a recent conference constituency meeting, many delegates were amazed and annoyed at what appeared to be an administrator's deliberate deviation from "going through channels" -- in this case, the channel of an elected committee.


Lynn Mallery earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Loma Linda University, 1961, with majors in Theology and Biblical Languages; a Master of Arts degree from Andrews University, 1962, Old Testament; a Master of Divinity degree, Andrews University, 1963; a Doctor of Ministry degree, San Francisco Theological Seminary, 1973, with a special focus on counseling and vocational development of the pastor in the local church setting; and a Doctor of Science of Theology, Graduate Theological Union, 1979, with an emphasis on church administration and organization.

Ordained in 1967, Lynn began his ministry in the Northern California Conference where he served from 1963 to 1973. He then joined the faculty at Loma Linda University as Assistant Professor of Applied Theology. He received the Teacher of the Year award from the College of Arts and Sciences, 1975-80. From 1980 to 1987 he was the senior pastor of the La Sierra University Church. Then, it was on to church administration in SECC: Ministerial Director, 1987-92; Conference Secretary, 1992; and President, 1992-present.

Dr. Mallery has written or spoken on a broad array of subjects, with such diverse titles as: Computers in the Local Church, Pastoral Counseling Techniques, Church Structure and Master Planning, Your Hidden Inheritance, and Let the Laity Do Their Work.

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