True spiritual leadership is not one of authoritarianism and authority, but rather of example and servitude. The only true authority in the church is the authority of Jesus Christ operated through His Word and Spirit.
The purpose of the fivefold ministry given to the Church was basically threefold.
Perfecting and equipping of the saints.
Work of the ministry.
To edify the body of Christ.
There is no mention of authority or rulership in relation to these ministries. This does not mean that God leaves the Church without leadership. True leadership is not authority, but example. The most effective way to lead is by example. This is how Jesus Himself led His disciples.
True Godly Leadership does not tell others what to do, but shows others how to do by being a living example.
True Leadership is about servitude.
The word “minister” literally means to serve, to wait upon, a servant, to wait on tables to offer food and drink, to provide, to take care of. This is what it means to “have a ministry,” to serve!
A true spiritual leader recognizes the authority of God in his or her own life first and foremost, and second in the life of the church. A leader cannot lead by example without following an example. A leader cannot be an effective head without being a tail.
The only authority a leader has is the authority of the example they follow. When the example is Christ, so is the authority in and through the leader’s life also Christ.
The Roman centurion had a revelation concerning Christ and His authority. He believed in the power and authority Jesus had because of the power and authority he was under. Jesus’ example, His Head, His Authority, was His Father. He only did what He saw His Father do, and only said what He heard His Father say. True leaders lead by example by following an example!
Christ is the Head of His Church. All is His. The Word is His, The Spirit is His, The sheep are His. The Authority is His. The Church, His Body, is His.
God has placed various gifts of ministry and callings within His Body, The Church. But not one of these ministries, including the fivefold ministries of the Word of God, function independently from the Head, which is Christ. All ministries, gifts, and callings are governed from the Head from which each gift receives the power to operate. Once a ministry cuts itself off from the head (Christ), it is void of life, power, and authority.